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Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles

The Center for Research on Health Disparities is an outgrowth of the EXPORT Center project, a collaborative partnership between Clemson University’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, and Voorhees College’s Center of Excellence in Rural and Minority Health. The EXPORT Center is made possible through an Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (EXPORT) grant from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.


Our mission is to advocate for the development, advancement and dissemination of research on population health and health disparities.


Our vision is to be transformational health research leaders improving quality of life and well-being.

Guiding Principles

  • Our research goal is improved quality of life, including positive health outcomes and a sense of well-being for people in South Carolina and beyond. We have a particular emphasis on underserved populations.
  • Our research encompasses many model types of research including bench, translational, clinical practice, and others.
  • Our research supports the principles of the Community-Based Participatory Research model.
  • Our research encompasses a lifespan and developmental approach.
  • Our research teams are comprised of people in practice from culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Our research outcomes aim to be translatable back to the community for improved health.