College of Pharmacy

Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHHDRE)
The Mission of the Center for Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) is to improve health outcomes of diverse communities disproportionately impacted by health and health care disparities, through community engagement and partnerships in research, education, and practice.

About the CMHDRE

The overarching goals of the CMHDRE are to: A) Support and create an infrastructure and culture that leads to production of scientific research that is relevant, meaningful, and consistent. B) Develop the infrastructure of the CMHDRE to support its mission by establishing a diverse funding base and with the recruitment and retention of health professions dedicated to the reduction of health disparities. C) Advance and sustain meaningful partnerships with diverse communities to address health and health disparities. Accomplishing these goals will increase the ability of the College to produce a pool of well-educated health professionals and biomedical researchers attuned to the issues of disparities research.

The following objectives have been identified to facilitate achievement of the three overarching goals mentioned above:

  • Develop and maintain a multidisciplinary research agenda
  • Ensure a cadre of faculty capable of conducting and disseminating research
  • Secure a consistent and diverse funding base
  • Diversify and maximize the types and number of partners with whom to collaborate locally, regionally, and nationally
  • Develop innovative practice models that lead to promotion of health equity.

Areas of Emphasis for the Center

The CMHDRE began with a primary focus on diabetes and diabetes related illnesses. With time and an expanding interest in the work of the CMHDRE among faculty and staff, cancer soon became a secondary focus of the Center with key faculty of the College of Pharmacy dedicating large percentages of their time to cancer related research. In an effort to grow the center even further and to address emerging concerns in the African American community, the CMHDRE has extended support to faculty who are pursuing research in the area of Asthma and building the capacity to conduct future phase III and IV clinical trials in the COP. The burden of disease in Louisiana attributable to diabetes, cancer and asthma suggests an increasing need for research and education in these disease states. Therefore, the Areas of Emphasis for this center in priority order are: 1) diabetes research and education and 2) cancer research and prevention/early detection education, 3) Asthma education and prevention, and 4) building the capacity of the COP to conduct future research studies.

External Advisory Board

Ms. Tawara Goode
Georgetown University
Director, Nat'Äôl Center for Cultural Competence
Associate Director, Center for Child & Human Development

Dr. B. Lee Green, Jr.
Vice President, Moffitt Diversity
Professor, Health Outcomes and Behavior

Dr. Daniel Sarpong
Jackson State University

Dr. Fadia T. Shaya
Associate Professor,
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Dept. of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Mr. Matthew Valliere
Deputy Director, Center for Community and Preventive Health
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 'Äì Office of Public Health

Dr. Sharon Youmans
UCSF School of Pharmacy,
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Diversity, and
Vice Chair for Educational Affairs


Health Disparities Conference
Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, Research and Education will host its Eighth Health Disparities Conference March 12'Äì14, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference participants will include clinicians (pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, and allied health professionals), health policy makers, researchers, health educators, public and community health leaders, and students whose work incorporates the use of multidisciplinary partnerships to build collaborations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.

The objectives for the conference, titled From Cataloging Health Disparities to Creating Health Equity: Effective Models to Equalize Outcomes, are:

  • Examine interprofessional and interdisciplinary co-partnerships between patients and communities to eliminate health disparities and create health equity;
  • Discuss interprofessional models that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities;
  • Examine interprofessional partnerships that result from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other policy implications; and
  • Review the impact of patient and community partnerships designed to reduce racial and ethnic health and health care disparities.

Previous conference attendee evaluations indicated that the abstract podium presentations enhanced the effectiveness of the conference and helped to stimulate discussions surrounding clinical strategies, basic science, health policy, and research disciplines. Evaluations, most importantly, indicated that presentations initiated discussions on the inclusion of interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborations. Our planning committee will continue to build on this momentum as we develop content for the 2015 Conference.

We invite you to submit abstracts for poster and podium presentations. We look forward to your continued support of programming from XULA-COP CMHDRE!

HEAL Phase II Project

Xavier University of Louisiana is partnering with Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) and the Children'Äôs Health Fund (CHF) to provide individualized education to children with asthma, ages 2 to 18, and their families. The results of the Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL) Phase II Project will help us learn how asthma educators can better help with asthma management. Read More

Collaborative Efforts

The Center has effectively collaborated with several organizations and institutions. Examples include:

LA CaTs - The Louisiana Clinical and Translational Sciences (LA CaTS) Center is a single clinical translational science program for Louisiana based on synergistic programs and unparalleled collaboration from all the major biomedical research institutions in the state. The overarching objective of LA CaTS is to transform the clinical and translational research efforts of our region away from the status quo, where institutions operate in isolation to pursue their institutional missions, and toward a cohesive, mutually supportive enterprise for clinical and translational research. The LA CaTS Center represents a unified, comprehensive approach targeting the theme of "prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population". Xavier University of Louisiana partners with the LA CaTS Center to develop and coordinate effective community outreach initiatives and resources to increase community engagement in research. Read more about LA CaTS and Xavier's role in the program here'Ķ

Walmart - The Xavier's Health and Wellness Center, originally established with a cooperative agreement between the City of New Orleans's Health Department and Xavier University of Louisiana to utilize space in a city clinic, was severely damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Through partnership with a local Walmart store to provide facilities, the clinic was relocated to a new site in Harahan, Louisiana. This site currently serves as a research facility for faculty and students as well as a training opportunity for students. The Health and Wellness Center is committed to improving the health of the community by providing education, medication therapy management, and screening services to those with diabetes related health care needs in the Greater New Orleans Area. In addition, the Center seeks to engage the community in research designed to eliminate health disparities.

Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC) - Xavier University College of Pharmacy is a partner in the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC). The LCRC is led by LSU Health Sciences Center of New Orleans and Tulane University Health Sciences Center. The LCRC was established in 2002 by Louisiana Senate Bill 73 to provide a format in which the states research institutions can work collaboratively to address issues related to cancer research and prevention. Xavier University became a partner in this venture in 2007.

Department of Health and Hospitals, Chronic Disease and Prevention Unit - The CMHDRE provides evaluation consultation to several of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals' federally funded chronic disease prevention and control programs (Diabetes, CVD, Arthritis, Asthma, and Tobacco) housed in the Chronic Disease and Prevention Unit. Technical assistance involves strategic planning, the selection and development of evidenced-based interventions, identification of evaluation measures, data collection, analyses, and reporting. In addition, the CMHDRE has provided evaluation and data collection technical assistance to the CDC Healthy Communities Grant through a contract with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

In the Community

As part of Xavier University of Louisiana's College of Pharmacy, the CMHDRE is dedicated to having a positive impact on the community. Together with many local, regional, and national partners, the CMHDRE works to provide services and education to community members on health topics such as diabetes, heart disease, nutrition, men's and women's health, and cancer. These partnerships allow the CMHDRE to broaden the reach of its programs and activities to have maximum impact on the community.

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