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.


Center News

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


Congratulations to IRACDA Alumna Dr. Rebecca Martin who is highlighted in the September issue of Massey Cancer Center's Research Report e-newsletter.


The Association for Maternal Child Health Providers (AMCHP) moved the One Tiny Reason to Quit (OTRTQ) campaign from the promising practice category to the best practice category in their Innovation Station, an online database of evidence-based practices. 


Congratulations to IMSD undergraduate scholar Gervyn Fajardo-Franco for being recognized in the John Tyler Community College Next Up series "Next Up: Medical School."


Congratulations to Deon Brown, Raven Ross, and Darian White, who won student awards from the Southeastern Psychological Association annual meeting.


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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We have over 75 mentors who have demonstrated excellence in research and training of undergraduate and pre- and postdoctoral students.  Click on Dr. Reed's name below to read about our current Mentor of the Month.    

 Dr. Jason Reed



Our Mentees are accomplishing great things. Click on the name Gabi Gentile, Sarah Izabel, or Jonathan Lindsay here or below to experience a “Minute with a Mentee” and hear how our programs have helped each of them on their journey to fulfilling their dreams.





Sarah Izabel IMSD Undergraduate alumni scholar



 Jonathan Lindsay PhD IRACDA fellow