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:

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



Center on Health Disparities receives grant from National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to provide computer health literacy training for East End residents.

Hendricks-Munoz appointed a full member of NIH study section.
Karen Hendricks-Munoz, MD has been appointed a full member of the NIH Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes study section. The KNOD study section reviews applications on the epidemiology and genetic epidemiology of kidney, diabetes, obesity, urinary, gastrointestinal and liver diseases in human populations. It also reviews applications examining the development, progression and prognosis of these conditions using large population samples. 

VCU hosted two panel discussions on opioid crisis. 

This professor leads groundbreaking opioid research while guiding the next generation of scientists.

CoHD trainees and faculty in news article on Higher Education Advocacy Day.

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is proud to participate with other NIH Institutes and Centers in the MRSP (Medical Research Scholars Program). Our goal is to introduce the MRSP to students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and encourage them to consider biomedical research as a career.
Applications for the 2018–2019 program are now being accepted. The deadline is January 12, 2018, at 5 p.m. ET.

Congratulations to IRACDA Fellow Sean Koebley's advisor, Jason Reed, Ph.D.

Check out our Alumni Spotlight highlighting our research training alumni!



Congratulations to IMSD undergraduate Sislia Mahmoodi, who won Best Poster* at ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) in Phoenix, AZ, which was held in early Nov, 2017. *Tissue-specific knockout of PP2A-Aa In mouse neural progenitors during development to explore function and impact in CNS disease and the DNA damage response.

Congratulations to Jaz-Munn Johnson who received the Black History in the Making Award.

Congratulations to Raven Smith, Linda Alexander, Zoe Villamar and Justin Moore who win awards at national conference for undergraduate minority researchers.

Congratulations to IMSD undergraduate scholar Michael Kiflezghi for becoming a semi-finalist for the 2016 - 2017 Fulbright U. S. Student Program!

Congratulations to IMSD undergraduate scholars Sarah Izabel and Lizette Carrasco for being awarded the 2016 HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunities Program Fellowship for summer research! See the full article about Sara Izabel and Lizette Carrasco winning the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship. 

VCU's Center on Health Disparities research training scholars are blazing a trail highlighting underrepresented students and faculty in the biomedical sciences field. See the article in VCU News about our scholars HERE!