The Uniformed Services University's (USU) Center for Health Disparities was established in 2003 in partnership with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). USU is a federal medical school training physicians for the military and civilians to conduct research in the basic and behavioral sciences. UMES is a Historically Black University (HBCU) on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Together, our long-term goal is to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities through research, education, and training.
Major research projects target overweight and obese African American and Latina adults and adolescents. Through these projects we seek to provide lifestyle modification and educational approaches designed to eliminate or greatly reduce health disparities. These projects will also increase our understanding of why different racial and ethnic groups are at greater risk for obesity than Caucasians, which may impact treatment guidelines for cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Additionally, our location at USU makes us particularly well suited to address health disparities in the military.
Our training and education programs target students across the "educational continuum" from high school to practicing physicians and scientists. Our long-term goal is to increase the number of scientists and health-care providers who recognize and strive to eliminate health disparities.