Health Disparities

Four portraitsMeharry Medical College conducts research and other scholarly activities designed to identify, understand and eliminate factors responsible for the profoundly disproportionate burden of AIDS and HIV infection among minority populations in the United States. The medical field has made some advances in the overall health of the nation in the past two decades. However, in spite of these advances, striking disparities remain in the rates of diseases that affect the livelihood and health of racial and ethnic minorities. These disparities are inequalities that occur in the provision of health care and access to health care across different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. They affect a vast group of people that Meharry is honored to serve and enact the notion of “health caring.”  


Research accomplishments within the school have been funded by federal agencies such as Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Centers for Disease Control(CDC), Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency(MDHA), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Department of Education, National Center Minority Health/Health Disparities (NCMHD), National Institute of Allergy/Infectious Diseases (NIAID).