Eliminating Health Disparities
The goal of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities is to eliminate health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. One of the ways it accomplishes this is by providing funding for colleges, like the College of Health and Human Services, to develop their health disparities research infrastructure, foster faculty development, and encourage students to go on to graduate studies in health-related fields.
With NCMHD funding, the College of Health and Human Services at Governors State University will expand its research and community commitments to eliminate health disparities.
HDR Capacity and Development Goals
The College’s mission has evolved over the last five years to embrace a translational research model – collaborative research with the community that allows the College to produce research results that can improve health care and reduce disparities responsively, and with a fuller understanding of the communities it serves. It will continue this research model through Health Disparities Research (HDR).
The HDR Program in the College of Health and Human Services has been designed to meet six goals:
- Prepare faculty to conduct high-level research with and for the communities the College serves
- Encourage students to continue their education and earn both professional and research doctorates
- Create a collaborative environment within the University that can draw upon the academic resources of the institution’s five colleges – Health and Human Services, Education, Business and Public Administration, and Arts and Sciences
- Build a sustainable, independently-funded research program that will continue to address health disparity issues after the conclusion of HDR funding
- Guide faculty in career development
- Support the Center for the Care and Study of Vulnerable Populations