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  • Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities

    The Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities is a partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Jackson State University College of Liberal Arts focused on three research areas: child health disparities, minority men’s health, and the science of research training.

    Child health disparities

     The overall goals of our child health disparities research focus are to:

    • Study the effects of biologic and behavioral influences on the development of obesity behaviors associated with the multiple health risk factors among a high-risk population in Mississippi; Develop, implement, and evaluate family-based intervention studies to reduce the prevalence of obesity and Type 2 diabetes among African American children and their families in Mississippi;
    • Address the social determinants of health in all of our research endeavors to improve the root causes of child health disparities.

    Minority men's health

     The overall goals of the Center for Health of Minority Males (C-HMM) are to:

    • Examine the intersection of social, economic, psychological, and behavioral factors associated with the risks for the initiation and progression of cardiometabolic diseases among men and boys in the South;
    • Develop relevant and culturally congruent lifestyle and behavioral interventions designed to address health promotion and disease prevention;
    • Identify, attract, encourage, and academically support a team of minority men to pursue careers in population, clinical, and behavioral health sciences.

    Research training

     The overall goals of the Research Training Program (RTG) are to:

    • Enrich the professional development experiences and skills of early career diverse faculty members to support/guide their academic paths;
    • Enhance the research skills of early career diverse faculty members to increase the likelihood of success in developing independent research careers and academic productivity in publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.