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The Center for Health Disparities Research is committed to advancing research, education, & clinical innovations toward the elimination of health disparities.

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Established in 2021, the Center is housed within UW's School of Medicine and Public Health. Through the creation of a next-generation collaborative research infrastructure, CHDR provides a means to catalyze research, collaboration, and innovation in mechanistic-focused health disparities.

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Longstanding—and seemingly intractable—disparities in health and health outcomes are experienced disproportionately by racial and ethnic minority populations, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. In the US, these populations experience disease and earlier death at much higher rates than non-disparity populations.

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The field of health disparities research increasingly aligns with action by unlocking how social factors interact with biology to produce disease & designing solutions that are precisely tailored for targeted conditions, systems, and populations—thus
linking cells to communities.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison recognizes that more robust efforts to address health disparities are urgently required, and the School of Medicine and Public Health along with other entities across campus embody the Wisconsin Idea by working collaboratively and partnering with communities across the State and Nation to advance the health of all.

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Under the direction of Dr. Amy Kind, Dr. Andrea Gilmore Bykovskyi, and Dr. Barbara Bendlin, the Center for Health Disparities Research adopts a mechanistic, multidimensional, and life course based approach for advancing scientific solutions to ameliorate the conditions that contribute to health disparities.

Under the direction of Dr. Amy Kind, Dr. Andrea Gilmore Bykovskyi, and Dr. Barbara Bendlin, the Center for Health Disparities Research adopts a mechanistic, multidimensional, and life course based approach for advancing scientific solutions to ameliorate the conditions that contribute to health disparities.

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The Center for Health Disparities Research
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