Center for Health Disparities Research

The Center for Health Disparities Research at University of California, Riverside (HDR@UCR) is a research center that aims to develop a rich interdisciplinary and collaborative environment for training in and performing health disparities research, infusing community-engaged research methods into the academic culture, and equipping investigators with tools and training for effective community-based research.

The center brings together broad interdisciplinary approaches including environmental sciences, biomedical sciences, as well as social science methods to study health disparities.

Our training activities are available to graduate, postdoctoral, and new principal investigator development, as well as to established STEM researchers.

The center is funded by an award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), award number  U54 MD013368. Read the press release announcing the award.

The first deadline for applications to all funding opportunities is November 15, 2019.


Talking About HDR@UCR

Read the full press release.

David Lo
HDR@UCR will use a community-based approach to assess and improve the health of underserved populations in inland Southern California. We think the knowledge the center produces will inform approaches to address health disparities that Latino communities and marginalized populations experience elsewhere in the country.
David Lo, M.D., Ph.D.
Center Director & Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine
Juliette McMullin
The community-engaged approach shifts the research focus from research ‘on’ to research ‘with’ people and creates opportunities for biomedical and clinical researchers to frame problems from the perspective of what’s relevant and important to the community whose lives are impacted by our research.
Juliet McMullin, Ph.D.
Co-Director and Chair of Department of Anthropology
Bruce Link
The complex problems of health disparities require input from multiple perspectives. For this reason, HDR@UCR seeks to integrate social and environmental perspectives with biomedical approaches to achieve a more complete understanding of the sources and consequences of health disparities in inland Southern California.
Bruce Link, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Sociology

What We Do

Our initial focus is on health disparities among Latino/Hispanic communities in Inland Southern California. However, the overall objective of the Center is to build capacity in community-based health disparities research across all of the communities we serve. This is a rapidly growing and diverse region of more than 4.3 million people, with pronounced health disparities and also characterized by a severe shortage of healthcare professionals, particularly primary care physicians.

Funding Opportunities

The center features a variety of novel funding opportunities which are available to UCR graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty (clinical, basic sciences, and social sciences), and teams of researchers.

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