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.



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.

Mentor of the month graphic for link for home page feb 2019 Dr. Hamid Akbarali


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is now accepting applications to the 2019 Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI). Click here for more information.


The VCU CoHD would like to congratulations 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.


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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