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who-we-are-logo.jpgThe Evers-Williams Institute addresses the social determinants of health through the following areas of focus, which will be carried out through respective centers under the umbrella of the Myrlie Evers Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities:

Child health disparities

The Center for Child Health Equity has an important mission to reduce and eventually eliminate child health disparities in Mississippi by addressing the social determinants of child health (SDCH). Social determinants of child health include: education, parental income, parent occupation, access to healthy foods, affordable housing, and safe neighborhoods.
Our goal is to conduct innovative action research studies to expand the evidence-base which undergirds the social and behavioral influences on the development and progression of obesity, to design, implement, and evaluate intervention studies to reduce the prevalence of obesity and pediatric Type 2 diabetes.

In addition, we are committed to the provision of research training to enrich professional development of diverse early career faculty members with a health disparities and SDCH research agenda. 

HIV/AIDS disparities

The Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Policy is a transdisciplinary collaborative effort focused on reducing, and ultimately eliminating, disparities in HIV/AIDS incidence, morbidity and mortality through research and education addressing the determinants of disparity as well as interventions and policies designed to eliminate them. Click here for more information on the Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Policy.


The Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities house the EversCare Clinic. EversCare address the social needs (food insecurity, housing, transportation, literacy and numeracy) of patients at UMMC by connecting them with the resources that can improve their quality of life and enhance health outcomes.

EversCare is conveniently located at the Jackson Medical Mall and uses a patient-centered approach to meet three primary objectives:

  • Optimize patient care by addressing how social factors affect health outcomes;
  • Connect patients with social resources;
  • Provide patient navigation services tailored to each individual and/or family.