E-CARE is a network of practicing clincians in eastern North Carolina that is formed to ask and answer clinical and organizational questions central to primary health care. E-CARE is a Primary Care Practice-based Research Network as defined by AHRQ. E-CARE involves eastern North Carolina community-based clinicians and their staffs in activities designed to understand and improve primary care. E-CARE strives to link relevant clinical questions with research methods in community settings to produce valid scientific information. Relevant questions re identified by both community-based clinicians and E-CARE coordinators. E-CARE welcomes the participation of all health service practitioners in eastern North Carolina. E-CARE is sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University.
In 1997, Mr. Bray joined East Carolina University, University Health Services where he participated in the management of low-income rural primary care practices in eastern North Carolina. He currently is Assistant Research Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Coordinator of the Regional Group Diabetes Project. In partnership with ECU and UHS, and following The Chronic Care Plan, he designed and implemented a chronic disease practice design focusing on diabetes. This design was informed by the participation as a team leader in 5 Collaboratives and as a faculty member in 3 Collaboratives. Mr. Bray currently is the Primary Investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson funded health disparities research project, “Redesigning Diabetes Care in Rural Fee-for-Service Practices.”
In 2002, with the assistance of The Duke Endowment, he led a project to convert rural clinic sites to electronic clinical documentation. This system included an innovation diabetes reminder system that complies with Center For Disease standards. He has two publications that document this model of chronic disease care and use of electronic medical records. He is a faculty member for the North Carolina Chronic Disease Collaborative, where he presents curriculum that address “Organizing Senior Health Care Leadership: The Key to Sustaining Improved Clinical Outcomes .”
Dr. Cummings is currently the Berbecker Distinguished Professor of Rural Medicine, a full professor in both Family Medicine and Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor of Health Education and Promotion at East Carolina University as well as on the faculties of the UNC-Chapel Hill and the Eastern Area Health Education Center. He completed his doctoral degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and has completed additional coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He currently serves as Director of the Research Division in Family Medicine, as Associate Director for Research at ECU’s Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, as well as co-director for the Eastern Carolina Association for Research and Education (E-CARE). Dr. Cummings has been actively involved in primary care research for a number of years with a particular interest in obesity and diabetes research. Dr. Cummings has authored or co-authored 85 publications and more than 135 regional, national or international presentations, and has received grant funding from federal and state governments as well as foundations.