Navigation Links
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 SafeCare Model from the Center for Healthy Development, by using computers; researched by associate professor Shannon Self-Brown of the center.

The university, through its Partnership for Urban Health Research, has been working in the field for several years, and faculty have built relationships with local neighborhoods, especially relationships with the communities of Neighborhood Planning Unit-V, located near Turner Field.

The new center will allow these relationships to continue and help to benefit the community over the long term, Eriksen said.

"It all starts with developing relationships with the community," he said. "The problem historically has been that universities will get funding for a certain project, go into the community and do the project, and then the community never hears from them again. There needs to be a trusting and sustained relationship, which we've established."

The center's community work will also involve partnerships with local non-profit organizations, churches and other faith-based organizations, housing organizations and others to collect data, analyze patterns and to perform interventions, especially in the case with the computer-assisted SafeCare project to see if problems can be prevented in the future, Eriksen said.

The grant will also fund several core areas for infrastructure, including administration, research and training for GSU students, faculty, and the community, as well as a community outreach area.

Eriksen also said that the center will serve as a repository of data for health and safety in the metro Atlanta area, which researchers plan to use in conjunction with the new visualization wall at the Parker H. Petit Science Center. The wall consists of a large, 200-million pixel array of computer screens, filling up a room to allow researchers to view and analyze volumes of visual information.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jeremy Craig
jcraig@gsu.edu
404-413-1357
Georgia State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Georgia Tech awarded a $20M Center for Chemical Innovation from NSF and NASA
2. 3 Georgian leaders sign Vienna Declaration, strengthen call for science-based drug policy
3. Georgia Powers Green Energy Program Redesigned to Include More Solar Power
4. Penn, Georgia collaboration awarded $14.6 million to expand pathogen database
5. Georgia State researcher to use $1 million grant to improve computer models for fighting wildfires
6. New center at Georgia Tech aims to improve recovery of soldiers with severe injuries
7. Georgia goes bananas
8. Georgia Stem Cell Initiative meets on MCG campus Feb. 10
9. How cells manage their genes focus of $1.4 million NSF grant to Florida State
10. Iowa State study finds corn bred to contain beta-carotene is a good source of vitamin A
11. Winners of plant-biology video contest announced -- new competition begins at Penn State University
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/9/2016)... -- Elevay is currently known as the ... high net worth professionals seeking travel for work   ... there is still no substitute for a face-to-face meeting. ... deal with a firm handshake. This is why wealthy ... citizenship via investment programs like those offered by the ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has ... Market 2016-2020"  report to their offering.  , ,     ... The analysts forecast the global multimodal biometrics market ... the period 2016-2020.  Multimodal biometrics is ... as the healthcare, BFSI, transportation, automotive, and government ...
(Date:4/13/2016)... -- IMPOWER physicians supporting Medicaid patients in Central ... in telehealth thanks to a new partnership with higi. ... patients can routinely track key health measurements, such as ... when they opt in, share them with IMPOWER clinicians ... retail location at no cost. By leveraging this data, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Last week, Callan Capital, an integrated wealth management firm ... Future of San Diego Life Science event at the Estancia La Jolla Resort and ... event with speakers Dr. Rich Heyman, former CEO of Aragon and Seragon, and Faheem ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016 Oxitec ... 25 th at 10:15 a.m. ET before the United ... role genetically engineered mosquitos can play in controlling the spread ... of the Zika virus.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150630/227348 ... male mosquito with a self-limiting gene. Trials in ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... ... May 20, 2016 , ... The leading Regenerative Veterinary Medicine Company, ... clients have treated over 100 of their own patients with the VetStem Cell Therapy. ... level of care for their patients. , The veterinarians are Dr Ross Rich ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... 19, 2016  AdvancedFlow Systems Inc. (AFS), a ... out of Maple Ridge, British Columbia ... its existing portfolio of contract manufacturing clients by ... with its sister companies Surround Technologies (STI) and ... industrial group that specializes in providing contract manufacturing ...
Breaking Biology Technology: