Designated by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research
Jerome Strauss, M.D., Ph.D.
Principal Investigator and Director, VCU CoEHDR
Professor, School of Medicine
The National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities’ (NIMHD) VCU Center of Excellence was established in 2007 with a P60 Award. The mission of the Center is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. The Center’s primary focus is on the examination of adverse pregnancy outcomes, with a focus in African-American women, and the development of interventions to prevent such outcomes. In the first cycle of funding, the Center had a number of key research and scholarly accomplishments:
The Center is well established as an institution-wide resource for expanding the capacity and competence of the institution to conduct minority health and health disparities research particularly in maternal and fetal health. The Center begins its second cycle of funding and will continue to bring together an interdisciplinary team of social and behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, clinical investigators, basic scientists and educators, and community representatives to work together to consider and apply novel and emerging scientific information, methods, and technologies to research into human health and diseases across specialties, disciplines, and communities. More immediately, health disparities associated with preterm birth and related morbidity and mortality among African Americans is our focus. Specifically, the objectives of the Center are to:
With the solid footing in preterm birth research, history of community outreach, growing inter-disciplinary team of investigators with an interest in preterm birth and associated conditions, the Center is uniquely qualified to contribute to the research on health disparities research associated with preterm birth and infant mortality in African Americans and to the training of scientists from health disparity populations.