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Georgia State receives $6.7 million grant for research center in health disparities
Date:9/21/2010

ATLANTA The National Institutes of Health has awarded Georgia State University with a five-year grant to start a new Center for Excellence in Health Disparities Research, which will investigate health disparity issues in Atlanta's urban environment.

The $6.7 million grant is funded through the NIH's National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. The center will include major research topics, as well as outreach programs.

The new center will be based in the Institute of Public Health of the College of Health and Human Sciences, and will include researchers from public health, social work, the Center for Healthy Development and criminal justice in the college, and faculty from the departments of African-American studies, sociology, and psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Health disparities in urban areas lead to poor health, which is caused by a confluence of factors, including poverty, discrimination, unemployment, lack of access to care, and the manmade environment, said Michael Eriksen, director of the Institute of Public Health.

"These factors conspire to put communities at a disadvantage in terms of health and well-being," Eriksen said. "What we hope to do with this new, larger center of excellence is to better understand the socioeconomic forces that contribute to ill health in communities that constitute much of urban Atlanta, and the urban United States."

Three major research areas include:

  • investigating variations in health among disadvantaged neighborhoods, especially in the wake of Atlanta's relocation of residents traditional public housing, undertaken by Erin Ruel, assistant professor of sociology

  • examining the role of religion and churches in reducing drug use and the transmission of HIV, researched by professor Richard Rothenberg of the Institute of Public Health

  • testing the use of a way to reduce child maltreatment, called the S
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Contact: Jeremy Craig
jcraig@gsu.edu
404-413-1357
Georgia State University
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