The Miami Field Center represents a university-wide collaboration involving
the College of Arts and Sciences and the Miller School of Medicine of the
University of Miami (UM
together with multiple community partners including
community-based primary care practices affiliated with Jackson Memorial Hospital
/ University of Miami (JMH/UM
, community-services agencies, the Miami-Dade
County Health Department (MDCHD
), and a Community Advisory Board. Within this context,
the University of Miami provides expertise for the administration of all
required questionnaires as well as components of medical examinations,
recruitment, and follow-up activities. The Miami HCHS/SOL Community
Advisory Coalition, which is an alliance of individuals and community
organizations, supports the recruitment, retention, and health education
efforts of the Miami Field Center and provides advice and guidance
regarding potentially relevant relationships among the community, study
participants, and the HCHS/SOL.
Administration of questionnaires, interviews, and most examination procedures
are conducted in the Clinical Research Building (CRB
) of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in the city of Miami.
More than 600,000 Hispanics/Latinos live within 7 miles of the CRB.
Adequate parking is available on site and the CRB is in close proximity to public
transportation including an elevated train, buses, and taxis. The fifteen
story building is dedicated to research 7 days a week with 24-hour security.
During regular working hours the service/reception area is staffed by the
University to greet, orient, and direct participants within the strict
guidelines of privacy prescribed for clinical research protocols. At other
times, as necessary, the service/reception area for the HCHS/SOL is staffed
by the Miami Field Center.
The CRB provides research office space as well as clinical examination and
laboratory space. All investigators and staff for the Miami Field Center
have assigned office space in the CRB. The clinical space for the HCHS/SOL
is located on the 6th floor of the CRB, within the Behavioral Medicine
Research Center. This includes 10 dedicated rooms specifically designed
for HCHS/SOL interactions with participants. Facilities are appropriate
for blood draws, sample preparation, oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTT), etc.
Storage facilities for refrigeration, ultra-low temperature (-70oC) freezers,
and centrifugation are all conveniently available within the Behavioral
Medicine Research Center as are facilities for data management, equipment
maintenance (e.g., for sleep studies), etc.