The Mission of the Center for Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) is to provide the infrastructure that is required to conduct research and provide clinical experiential training and community outreach aimed at eliminating health disparities.
Xavier University of Louisiana, an Historically Black Catholic University, has a well defined history of promoting a more just and humane society and preparing its students for roles of leadership and service. The College of Pharmacy is preparing students to impact the medically underserved community through the elimination of health disparities, the provision of competent pharmaceutical care, and the promotion of leadership in academic research within the profession of pharmacy. The Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE), which was established in 2002, will play a major role in meeting this challenge. The overall goal of the CMHDRE is to provide the infrastructure that is required to conduct research and provide community education and clinical services aimed at eliminating health disparities.
Health Disparities, as defined by the First NIH Working Group on Health Disparities, are “the differences in the incidence, prevalence, and burden of disease and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States.”
Disparities in health have been documented repeatedly over the last few decades across a broad range of medical conditions and for a wide range of ethnic and racial groups. The differences have been noted in health outcomes such as quality of life and mortality; processes of care, such as utilization rates of certain services; quality of appropriateness of care; and the prevalence of certain conditions.
As we continue this endeavor, it is critical that we partner with companies, community organizations and city and state officials to utilize existing resources and to collectively address the needs of our citizens. The Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education will coordinate existing efforts and develop new initiatives to promote minority health disparities research, prevention and education.
Kathleen B. Kennedy, Pharm.D.