Vision, Mission, and Focus


The vision of the Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE) is to obtain equity and equality in health care access, delivery, care and costs for minority individuals and families to enable them to achieve optimal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.


The mission of HDIRE is to develop a framework in which it can work collaboratively with local, regional and national partners to provide education, training, enhanced research, networking and advocacy initiatives that empower and inform the underserved populations in the Black Belt region of Alabama about alternative, healthy lifestyles and prevention strategies regarding the health disparities that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities.


HDIRE is particularly interested in concentrating its focus on the African American populations of the Black Belt region of Alabama where the incidence of these diseases in minority populations is particularly high. Through programs in research, education/training, community outreach and health policy/advocacy, HDIRE plans to address these disparities in a comprehensive way that will hopefully lead to healthier lifestyles and a reduction in the incidence of, and deaths from, these maladies.