The mission of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Education and Research Program is to provide a formal cultural competence curriculum and a rigorous scientific approach to the identification, investigation, and elimination of health disparities related to race, ethnicity or gender. This program will serve as the academic locus for fostering education, research, and clinical outcomes that are scientifically rigorous enough to impact the nation's health disparities crisis.
The three areas of focus for the Minority Health and Health Disparities Education and Research Program are:
- Education and training of students, faculty and community healthcare professionals in cultural competency
- Scientifically rigorous research, including research on the definition, measurement, and assessment of health disparities
- Clinical outcomes in minority health and health disparities research
The overall goal of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Education and Research Program is to foster the highest quality education and research on minority health and health disparities through a formalized curriculum, which ultimately leads to improved clinical outcomes and reduction or elimination of disparities.
The specific aims of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Education and Research Program are organized according to the three primary focus areas:
Through undergraduate medical education, faculty development and training, and continuing medical education, the MH/HDER Program will:
- Implement cultural competence education
- Organize and develop faculty growth, development and training in order to foster both cultural competence skills and the delivery of evidence-based clinical care to minority populations
- Provide continuing medical education to healthcare professionals in order to foster both cultural competence skills and the delivery of evidence-based clinical care to minority populations
- Promote the delivery of evidence-based clinical care to culturally diverse patients and their families to produce favorable health outcomes
Through a scientifically rigorous research program, the MH/HDER Program will:
- Develop novel tools to systematically define, measure, and assess health disparities
- Develop prevention and intervention strategies for preventing onset or delaying progression of diseases which contribute to health disparities in minority populations
- Develop new and improved screening and diagnostic modalities related to the onset or progression of diseases that contribute to health disparities in minority populations
- Develop therapeutic approaches for diseases that contribute to health disparities in minority communities
- Advance the understanding of etiologic and progressive factors of diseases where disparities exist in minority populations
Through culturally competent education and training of healthcare professionals (current and future), the MH/HDER Program will:
- Create an environment which fosters the provision of quality clinical care to diverse populations
- Eliminate treatment disparities
- Prevent bias in clinical care decision-making and delivery
Due to its long-standing national and state track record and commitment to quality medical education, clinical care, and research, UMSOM is uniquely qualified to lead the education and training efforts of current and future healthcare professionals and conduct research to eliminate minority health disparities. The Minority Health and Health Disparities Education and Research Program will serve as the academic focus needed to address the health disparity crisis.