In January 2004, the Center for Reducing Health Disparities was created by Case Western Reserve University and the MetroHealth System.
In 2007, the Center received a P60 grant from the National Institutes of Health. This grant allowed the Center to pursue new projects related to hypertension, kidney disease, and organ donation. The Center also links students to mentors who have interests in health disparities to foster awareness of and interest in the issues of health equity in Cleveland.
The Center helps to direct the Community Research Partnership Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative involving Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Medical Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Clinic. The aims of this Core are to facilitate community based research among faculty, students, community organizations, and community residents.
To reduce health disparities through (a) research on root causes, mechanisms, and interventions, (b) education of students, providers, and policy makers, and (c) partnership with community organizations and government agencies.
- To create a durable academic-community partnership to develop innovative interventions that achieve measurable reductions in health disparities in the greater Cleveland area.
- To promote successful intervention strategies that can be replicated in other regions.
- To train a new generation of health activists committed to eliminating health disparities.