Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (Deep South)

The Deep South RCMAR is a collaborative program of 4 universities that serve as a research-based and mentoring investment in the process of closing the health disparities gap between African American and non-minority older adults.

Deep South RCMAR 

The Deep South RCMAR focuses on health problems that are particularly prevalent among older African Americans in both rural and urban settings. Our specific aims include:

  1. Provide high quality research training and individualized career development support for faculty
  2. Identify, engage, and mentor outstanding, diverse faculty committed to academic careers in health disparities and aging research;
  3. Support innovative, high impact pilot projects; 
  4. Provide expertise and resources for working collaboratively with communities and for the recruitment and retention of older African Americans in research;
  5. Provide expertise and resources for culturally sensitive measurement and analysis; and
  6. Disseminate to scientific, professional and lay audiences research results.

We achieve these aims through the activities of four cores: Administrative Core; Investigator Development Core; Community Liaison Core; and the Analysis Core. We have an Advisory Committee composed of three distinct components: a Community based Advisory Group, a Professional Advisory Group, and a Scholar Advisory Group. 


Deep South Key Personnel

Administrative Core Director: Kathryn Burgio, PhD

Investigator Development Core: Karlene Ball, Director

Analysis Core: Robert Weech-Maldonado, Director

Community Liaison Core: Martha Crowther, Director & Michelle Martin, Co-Director




RCMAR Scholar
Pamela G. Bowen, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC Assistant Professor School of Nursing UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Community Outreach

Our Community Liaison Core has established over 10 partnerships for community outreach and community-based participatory research in minority and underserved populations.

Funded Pilot Grants

From 2007 to 2015, Deep South RCMAR has funded 27 pilot grants of which 48% of the awardees were minority faculty


We facilitate collaborative mentoring and research activities with complementary programs at over 5 partnering institutions.

Comprehensive Training Program

Deep South RCMAR implements a Health Disparities Research Training Program (HDRTP) that includes lectures, interactive discussions, exposure to regional and national experts in health disparities and aging research, with a focus on manuscript and grant

Investigator Development

Deep South RCMAR’s HDR Training Program has sponsored 34 faculty members, 83% of whom were African American.