Mission: The mission of the Center for Health Disparities Research is to enhance the biomedical research capability of Texas Southern University by promoting infrastructure and resources for biomedical/behavioral research training capacity in health disparities research via training of faculty to examine biological, clinical, and sociological factors related to cardiovascular disease and HIV in minority populations in the hope of discovering solutions to health and other problems that disproportionately affect urban minorities.
Among the proposed research within the Center for Health Disparities Research is cardiovascular disease risk reduction among HIV patients especially, target prevention and reduction in health disparities among African Americans. The other activities will include but not limited to the following: seminars, journal clubs, laboratory and behavioral science training of undergraduate and graduate students, and advanced training for postdoctoral fellows, as well as community outreach. Additional funding will be sought to promote research enterprise in the CHDR while addressing community health issues with respect to disease prevention and working with additional investigators to provide an enriching 'milieu‘ for developing independent investigators. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) will be used to develop a health promotion/health education program that will engage the community in development of strategies to overcome health disparities.