Welcome To The Center On Health Disparities

As you navigate our site, we hope you gain a better understanding of health disparities and how the initiatives developed by the Center are helping to eliminate inequities in health care. To learn more, you may want to start with the Vision, Mission, and Goals for the Center on Health Disparities. We also encourage you to pay special attention to our primary areas of focus:

  • Research Training Programs
  • Health Disparities Research
  • Community Engagement

We appreciate your interest, and we urge you take an active role alongside us in eliminating health disparities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.


The VCU Center on Health Disparities has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Administrator award of the Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME). To acknowledge this outstanding accomplishment, we will be recognized at the PACME celebration ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 3:00pm in the Richmond Salons of the University Students Commons.


VCU 50:  Commemorating History:  
Challenges and Opportunities Symposium.  The presentation was Session 5 - Building a Diverse Community of Scientists:  A Decade of VCU Center on Health Disparities.   

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Our mentors have been selected based on their demonstrated excellence in research and training of undergraduate and pre- and postdoctoral students. Click on the star to find out more.

Dr. Dupree mentor of the month with star


Mentee minute interview with Jonathan Lindsay, Ph.D. IRACDA fellow.


Each year Richmond Magazine asks doctors in Central Virginia to nominate fellow “Top Docs” in the region. We are pleased to announce that our very own, Dr. Karen Hendricks-Munoz (Deputy Director, VCU Center on Health Disparities), not only made the list but received the most votes in the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine category! Dr. Hendricks-Munoz is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Chippenham Hospital and VCU Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Hendricks-Munoz accepts several types of health insurance and speaks multiple languages, including Spanish. Read more about Dr. Hendricks-Munoz.


The VCU CoHD would like to congratulate Gladys Shaw on her most recent poster presentation achievement!

Gladys Shaw, VCU IMSD Ph.D. scholar, recently attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington, D.C. where she presented a poster titled “Predatory Stress Increases Ethanol Consumption in Male C57BL/6J Mice.” Gladys won the competition in the Brain and Behavior category and will be recognized in an upcoming issue of Science. Congratulations Gladys for a job well done.