This model illustrates the research foci of the Center for Research on Health Disparities. In recognizing obesity as a major contributing factor to many health disparity conditions (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health) and as complicated by ecological disparities (e.g., across policy, community, and individual levels), the Center targets obesity through prevention, intervention, and management research. The Center focuses its research on the interactions between obesity and physiological factors and psychosocial factors; and the implication on chronic and acute illness. These interactions exist within multiple systems -- individual, family, community, institutional, behavioral, cultural, social, environmental, and political -- which serve as the contexts for the Center's research. The Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach guides the Center's activities to eliminate health disparities across the lifespan.
The Center for Research on Health Disparities houses the EXPORT Center. Read about current EXPORT Center research projects.