Our VisionGoals and Objectives:
The University of Virginia Center on Health Disparities has unique resources and advantages that will be important as we strive to achieve these stated goals. The UVA Health System provides health care to a widely dispersed, largely rural population in Central Virginia, eastern West Virginia and Tennessee. This population is under-served and often indigent. We intend to foster collaboration with historically black colleges and universities in Virginia through our participation in the Virginia-Nebraska Alliance . These collaborations will allow us to evaluate differences in the use of the health care system and health outcomes among minority populations in urban and rural settings.
The University of Virginia also has strong capabilities in health
services research and outcomes evaluation. These scientists have a
solid track record in evaluating health care and access to care for
The Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia has a long-standing interest in assuring justice in the scientific evaluation of vulnerable populations. This expertise will be essential for evaluating the ethical implications of disparity of health care and health outcomes among minority and other underserved populations. It will also be valuable as we fashion solutions to these problems.
The Departments of Anthropology and Social Science have an extensive track record of the study of social and cultural influences on the use of the health care system and on health outcomes. They will play an essential role in the center by increasing our understanding cultural influences both within the health care system as well as within the diverse communities it serves.
The Center on Health Disparities will have access to the rich scientific community at the University of Virginia Health System. A preliminary inquiry to assess interest in evaluating health care in minority and other underserved populations has already generated interest from scientists with expertise in the areas of heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, infectious disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and palliative care. Other schools (Darden, Law, Nursing ) may be helpful in addressing specific problems.
The Center on Health Disparities will foster relationships and collaboration with minority groups and leaders in Virginia. This effort is essential to the ultimate success of the center in our goal of modifying the health system to assure access to care and optimal health while remaining sensitive to and respectful of the needs, values and culture of all citizens.