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 to take an active role alongside us in eliminating health disparities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Click here to participate in our community engagement survey. 

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Center News 

Congratulations Martina Hernandez

Martina Hernandez received funding on the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00)! Martina is an alumni of the IMSD Undergraduate program and is the first trainee to achieve this honor. Join us in celebrating Martina on this major achievement.
NIH Blueprint D-SPAN (F99/k00) 


Congratulations to Dr. Molly Hyer

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Dr. Molly Hyer is a part of the VCU Institute for Women’s Health BIRCWH grant leadership team. Dr. Hyer is a VCU IRACDA alumni. We are proud to celebrate her and her teams achievement on being awarded this prestigious grant. Read more here.


Congratulations to Stephanie Cull

Congratulations to Stephanie “Steph” Cull for being highlighted in the University College & Honors College profile on students earning a B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Sociology with a minor in LGBT+ and queer studies. Steph aims to take what they have learned as an undergraduate researcher and continue to study LGBTQ+ issues, while expanding that to include LGBTQ+ people living with disabilities, as a graduate student in the Health Psychology Ph.D. program in the College of Humanities and Sciences next year. Steph is currently a scholar in the VCU IMSD Undergraduate program.“I’m not sure that I’d even be the person I am today if I had not done this research. It changed my way of thinking,” Click here to learn more about Steph's experience!


Congratulations to Dr. Mychal Smith and Dr. Joyce Lloyd

Dr. Mychal Smith and Dr. Joyce Lloyd received the NSF LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program to increase minority graduate STEM students at VCU. Click here to learn more. 


Changing the Face of Science 

“The VCU CoHD would like to thank Dr. Ed Smith of Virginia Tech for being the guest speaker for the November Changing the Face of Science Diversity Speaker Series.”

The future of biomedical research depends on a diverse pool of well-trained scientists. Yet there is a clear disparity in the number of underrepresented individuals who become biomedical researchers.  Through our programs and community partnerships, the VCU Center on Health Disparities (CoHD) addresses this issue by identifying, preparing and nurturing underrepresented scholars for highly competitive doctoral programs and research careers in the biomedical sciences. Click on the link to see how we are Changing the Face of Science


Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Golding 

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The VCU Center on Health Disparities celebrates Dr. Sarah Golding for spearheading the Leaders for Inclusive Learning program. This faculty development workshop was designed to train instructors on how to best serve their students and lead systemic change. Click here to learn more.