May 15, 2009
Health Disparities Conference to focus on prevention
The Texas Center for Health Disparities (TCHD) is working to eliminate health gaps in community health and treatment through research, education and community service.
In addition, the TCHD helped initiate nine pilot projects aimed at reducing health disparities in cardiovascular and respiratory disease, metabolic syndrome, asthma and drug abuse-related conditions.
Learn more about the TCHD’s research at monthly Health Disparities Grand Rounds Seminars. Every third Friday of the month, different researchers will discuss their projects. The seminars are open to the public, and Health Science Center faculty, staff and students interested in reducing health disparities are encouraged to attend.
So far this year, three national conferences, with a fourth happening this month, have focused on the center’s cutting-edge health disparities research. Additionally, nearly 50 minority undergraduate students have been educated in health disparities research during summer outreach programs.
The Center’s Aintie-Tia Project is collaborating with the Fort Worth/Dallas Birthing Project to help improve perinatal outcomes among African Americans in Fort Worth.
To promote health education and research participation in the community, the Center has strengthened existing partnerships with the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County Public Health. In addition to these existing relationships, the TCHD forged new partnerships with the J. McDonald Williams Institute, Baylor Health Care System Office of Health Equity, the Tarrant County Infant Mortality Task Force, Catholic Charities and the American Heart Association Cultural Health Initiative, to name just a few.The Center for Health Disparities is one of the UNT Health Science Center’s Health Institutes of Texas (HIT). HIT is designed to speed research from the bench to the bedside to create a healthier and more productive Texas. Updates on each of the 12 HIT centers and institutes will be featured in future issues of Campus Connection. Learn more at the HIT Web page.
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