The University of South Alabama Center for Healthy Communities will host a Health Disparities Research Group Assembly from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on July 29 at the Student Center Ballroom on campus. The event, which is open to the public, offers the community an opportunity to discuss the causes of health disparities between different groups in the region. The assembly is part of a $1.2 million National Institutes of Health grant that USA's Center for Healthy Communities received last fall.
The three-year NIH grant will be used to develop community-based outreach, research and mentoring programs designed to improve the health of minority and underserved populations in the area. The NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities will use the findings from the USA research to aid the development of programs to address health disparities in other communities across the country.
The Center for Healthy Communities wants to coalesce USA faculty and representatives from the community interested in addressing health disparities into a cohesive group. Center Director Dr. Harvey White and Associate Director Dr. Martha Arrieta envision the establishment of a multidisciplinary research group that will generate projects to address health disparities across the area and nationwide. More than 100 USA faculty members and community representatives have been invited to participate in the Health Disparities Research Group Assembly.
Opening remarks at the assembly will be made by Dr. Robert Kreisberg, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine. Presentations will also be made by Dr. Errol Crook, chair of Internal Medicine at the USA College of Medicine; Dr. Moses V. Goldmon, core director for the Minority Health and Health Disparities Education Core SUPER Program for the Carolina-Shaw Partnership; and Dr. Lovell A. Jones, director of the Center for Research on Minority Health at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
USA faculty and community representatives will lead a panel on the issues of health disparities and community-based participatory research.
The outcomes of the Health Disparities Research Group Assembly are expected to facilitate University and community partnerships to help better understand and eliminate health disparities.
There is no cost to attend the assembly, however, preregistration for attendance is required. Please call (251) 414-8001 to make your reservation or e-mail