Message from the Co-Directors

crhd-faculty-staff_0020_Sehgal Ashwini
Health disparities are differences in health-related outcomes by race, gender, socioeconomic status, or other grouping. Health disparities are especially striking in the Greater Cleveland area.

The Center for Reducing Health Disparities was established by Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth Medical Center to reduce health disparities through research on root causes, mechanisms, and interventions; through education of students, providers, and policy makers; and through partnership with community organizations and government agencies.

The Center has three long-term goals. First, we will create a durable academic-community partnership to develop innovative interventions that achieve measurable reductions in health disparities in the Greater Cleveland area. Second, we will promote successful intervention strategies that can be replicated in other regions. Finally, we will train a new generation of health activists committed to eliminating health disparities.

crhd-faculty-staff_0019_Thornton Daryl smCRHD faculty and staff are involved in a number of research, education, and community collaboration activities designed to address health disparities in Greater Cleveland and beyond. We have received over $10 million from the National Institutes of Health to understand and address health disparities related to hypertension, kidney disease, and transplantation.

Our educational activities have focused on teaching an annual graduate course on health disparities and mentoring a number of trainees. Partnerships with the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and Amigas Unidas continue to strengthen our collaboration with community and government organizations. We are playing an active role in the Community Research Partnership Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, a partnership involving Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and MetroHealth Medical Center.

This is an exciting time to be working on health disparities. We are eager to develop new collaborations with faculty, students, community organizations, and government agencies. Please feel free to contact me or our Center’s other faculty or staff with ideas for new projects.

Sincerely yours,

Ash Sehgal, M.D.                          J. Daryl Thornton, MD, MPH

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