The goals of HDIRE are to:

  1. Develop an infrastructure that supports research, education/training, advocacy, resource development and outreach for health disparities.
  2. Conduct innovative basic science and community participatory research on health disparities that disproportionately affect minority populations.
  3. Increase the number of minority investigators conducting health disparity research.
  4. Disseminate research results to the broader academic, governmental and health communities.
  5. Coordinate all health disparities activities at the University and in the local Black Belt community.
  6. Provide awareness regarding health disparities issues through the use of seminars, forums, symposia, web-based activities and social networks.
  7. Enhance existing collaborations and partnerships and identify/cultivate new relationships with community stakeholders and constituents.
  8. Provide health disparities education/training to students (high school, undergraduate and graduate), community members and research investigators.
  9. Serve as an advocate for the formulation of health policies that facilitate reducing health disparities.
  10. Provide health care professionals with cultural sensitivity training to optimize health care.