In comparison to the general population of Texas, racial and ethnic minorities suffer from heightened risk factors and poorer overall health and access to health care. Our mission is to prevent, reduce and eliminate health disparities in our communities through:
Research. Historically, academic institutions have conducted research in communities but not necessarily with communities at risk for disease. By working with key community members, prevention research can be translated into actions that will drive improvement in areas such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, stroke and HIV.
Education and Training. We are committed to increasing the underrepresented minority student and faculty population, and offer an innovative fellowship program that fosters collaborative research among junior research faculty and community leaders and stakeholders.
Outreach. By leveraging UNTHSC’s community partnerships, we work to improve prevention and outreach efforts in three core areas affecting women in underserved and low-income communities: HIV, obesity, and breast cancer.
Established in 2005, the Texas Center for Health Disparities is designated as a Center of Excellence by the National Institutes of Health.
As part of the Center’s Outreach activities, an annual conference on health disparities is organized every year. The June 11-12, 2015, conference theme is “Basic, Clinical and Community Approaches to Solving Obesity.”