Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary-care Research (MAPPR)

MAPPR LogoWhat is MAPPR?
Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research (MAPPR) is a Practice Based Research Network designed to study barriers to healthcare access for the underserved and vulnerable populations in Charlotte.

Mission and Goal
Our mission is to bring together the strengths of our diverse partnerships to facilitate research that can be put into practice.  The goal for this network is to leverage the strengths of different sectors of the community to bring about positive change in individual lives by improving healthcare and quality of life.

MAPPR is headquartered at the Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health under the directorship of Michael Dulin, MD, PhD, and is funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).


Hazel Tapp, PhD

Research Director Department of Family Medicine
Atrium Health

Dr. Tapp’s main research interest is to study healthcare delivery to underserved populations in Charlotte, NC. As the co-director of MAPPR, she develops research projects with a group of primary care practices devoted principally to the primary care of patients, but also with a mission to investigate questions related to community-based practice and how to improve the quality of primary care by enhancing the translation of research findings back into practice. The primary goal of this network is to address disparities in healthcare access by developing and implementing interventions that increase the efficacy of healthcare delivery for underserved populations.

Founding Director

Michael Dulin, MD, PhD

Director of Research
Vice Chair for the Department of Family Medicine
Atrium Health

Michael F. Dulin, MD, PhD is the Director of Research and Vice Chair for the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his family medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in 2001 and worked in private practice for three years. In 2004, he was recruited back into academics and subsequently completed a fellowship in faculty development at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He founded and serves as the director of the Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research (MAPPR), and was a cofounder of the North Carolina Network Collaborative (NCNC). His research interests include: enhancing primary care access for vulnerable populations; use of community-based participatory research; geographic information systems; and practice-based research networks. He is the PI on grants from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Health Services Foundation, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and The Duke Endowment. He was elected as one of Charlotte¹s Best Doctors in 2007, and has served as the president of the county chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Most recently he has been nominated to serve as a research follow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and he has been selected as a member of the 2011 class of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars program.

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