Our Learning Community

ACHIEVE would not exist today without the support of our University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) campus community, our community partners, participating clinics, Piedmont Health Services, and our award sponsors.


Our Coalition

None of this would be possible without our Coalition, which refers to study clinics, community partners, and birthing people with lived experience who participate and guide our strive toward high-quality, evidence-based, respectful care.


Our Sponsors

Our project is propelled by funding support from the Maternal Health Community Implementation Program (MH-CIP) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which is dedicated to reducing maternal deaths and enhancing health outcomes for pregnant individuals, particularly in communities disproportionately affected by pregnancy-related complications. MH-CIP focuses on employing community-based implementation strategies that enhance the adoption of evidence-based interventions. As one of the four community co-led project teams championing maternal child health, ACHIEVE is proud to be a part of this learning community focused on meaningful community engagement and implementing research to make a meaningful impact. To learn more about MH-CIP and our partnering project teams follow this link to their website or access the MH-CIP Fact Sheet

Piedmont Health Services (PHS)

PHS is a network of community health centers in NC's Piedmont region. Driven by their organizational mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care to all community members, PHS partnered with ACHIEVE for the Phase I Pilot, and three PHS community health centers participated as pilot sites for testing implementation strategies of the O-HTN bundle. The feedback provided by PHS clinicians and patients during and after the pilot was instrumental in shaping our implementation strategies for Phase II. The three pilot sites remain active on the ACHIEVE Coalition and provide feedback on newly developed resources regularly. Three additional PHS community health centers, located in Orange and Alamance counties, are participating in Phase II.


Our Coordinating Center and Campus Collaborators

The UNC School of Medicine (SOM) Center for Women's Health Research (CWHR), the coordinating center for ACHIEVE, is our team's home base on and off campus. We are very grateful to be a part of CWHR's prestigious group of researchers dedicated to improving women’s health by supporting and conducting research focused on diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect only women, mostly women, and/or women differently than men.  Learn more about our coordinating center's work by visiting their website at  https://www.med.unc.edu/cwhr. 

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC SOM, and UNC School of Nursing are all represented on the ACHIEVE study team including faculty members, adjunct professors, and graduate and doctoral student team members.

Our team also includes representation from Duke University Medical Center, by Dr. Sarahn Wheeler, a practicing maternal-fetal medicine specialist and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Duke University School of Medicine's OB/GYN Department, Dr. Wheeler is the Core Lead of the ACHIEVE Health Equity Core.