Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE)

70-112 John A. Kenney Hall - Tuskegee University - Tuskegee, AL 36088 - Phone: 334-725-2364 - Fax: 334-724-3919

About Us

The Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE) is a newly established initiative at Tuskegee University that will address some of the major health disparities that are observed in underserved and minority communities such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS.

What are Health Disparities?
The legal definition of health disparities is taken from U.S. Public Health Law 106-525 that was passed in 2000. This law is also known as the
Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act. It stipulates that:

“Health disparities are defined as differences in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality or survival rates in the population as compared to the health status of the general population.”

In the “Healthy People 2020” brochure released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a health disparity is defined as:

“... A particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their: (1) racial or ethnic group; (2) religion; (3) socioeconomic status; (4) gender; (5) age; (6) mental health; (7) cognitive, sensory or physical disability; (8) sexual orientation or gender identity; (9) geographic location; or (10) other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.”

HDIRE takes GROW CELLS Academy to Hyundai in Montgomery, AL.                                 HDIRE staff honors presenters at 2013 Breast Cancer Forum       
HDIRE group travels to Ghana. CLICK HERE  for 2014 trip details.                                         Building a stronger community with HDIRE.

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Programmatic Activities

The 8th Annual Healthy Lifestyle Marathon Is Coming Soon

Tuskegee, AL (March 2015).  The countdown begins for the 8thAnnual Healthy LifestyleMarathon sponsored by the Healthy Lifestyle Cancer Awareness and PreventionProgram, on Saturday, April 25, 2015at the Downtown Square in Tuskegee, Alabama.  

The marathon, which includes cycling (26.2 miles), running& walking (8 miles) and 2 milewalking events, will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Square.  Pre-registration will occur from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.  The marathon theme, “Turn Up 4 Health,” builds on the premise that competitive sports activities can help encourage healthy exercise routines for individuals and their families.

A $25 registration fee is required for all who wish to compete for the cash prizes.   Prizes range from $25-$300 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place finishes.  Individuals can also participate in each category as “non-competitive individuals” who just enjoy exercising and have no interest in competing for prizes.  No registration fee is required for non-competitive participants.  However, all individuals must complete and sign a registration form, regardless of their participant status (competitive or non-competitive).

Dr. Vivian Carter, the program’s organizer, offered these comments regarding the marathon: 

“I am grateful for the wonderful support that we received from the individuals and businesses in the Tuskegee community.  Our ongoing success is a direct result of the time, resources and monetary commitments that we receive from our loyal contributors and our hard-working volunteers.  We anticipate another banner year for our marathon as we encourage more and more individuals to participate in this fun-filled day of events.”      

All monies raised will benefitlocal non-profit health awareness organizations.For registration information and other details regarding the marathon, visit the website and click on “Health Disparities,” listed  under the Quick Links pull-down menu to see the Healthy Lifestyles flier. 

About Healthy Lifestyles Program

The Healthy Lifestyle Program was designed to inform residents in Bullock and Macon Counties about cancer and cancer risk reduction through physical activity and proper nutrition.  The program focus changed to include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDs in 2012. The Healthy Lifestyle Program is part of the Community Outreach Component of the Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education, with joint partnershipwith: (1) the Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/University of Alabama-Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership at Tuskegee University; (2) the Healthy Lifestyle Program Community Health advisors in Bullock and Macon Counties and other network members and(3) Let’s Move!

About Tuskegee University

Founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee University is home to approximately 3,000 students from the U.S. and 30 foreign countries.  The institution is accredited by the Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and all of its professional programs are accredited by their respective agencies.