The mission of HDR@UCR is to create a rich interdisciplinary, diverse, and collaborative environment for health disparities research, infusing community-engaged research methods into the academic culture, and equipping investigators and community with tools and training to improve their extramural funding success.

The Center aims to move UCR toward national leadership in health disparities research, education, and training, and to inform the national dialogue on health disparities.

HDR@UCR provides support for researchers through four key sources:
  1. Our Research Infrastructure Core provides ethics training, a navigator for human subjects research protocols, biostatistical and social science consultation, and limited competitive funding for Graduate Student Assistants and Postdoctoral Fellows.

  2. Our Investigator Development Core provides support for new health disparities research training, analysis, and publication.

  3. Our Community Engagement and Dissemination Core  facilitates intensive researcher-community collaboration, including through Community Engagement Studios  that support community participation in all stages of research.

  4. Resource Statement for research proposals. If you need a statement on HDR@UCR resources for your research proposal please use this paragraph. If you would like more information in the resource paragraph or if you’d like a letter of support for your proposal please contact Dr. Lo (

  5. Funding Source Acknowledgment for Publications and other Awards. Each publication, press release, or other documents related to research supported by an NIH award must include an acknowledgement. If you need a statement on HDR@UCR funding, please use this paragraph. If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Lo ( 

  6. Structural Racism Reading Group The HDR Internal Steering Committee formed a Structural Racism Reading Group which began in Summer 2020, and meets biweekly on an ongoing basis. Members include Internal Steering Committee members, other people affiliated with the HDR, and members of the UCR School of Medicine. Please visit the reading group page to learn more.