Innovative Approaches and Solutions for Better Health
The Mission of the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities (CRETSCMHD) is the reduction and elimination of physical and mental health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations. The UCLA Center's agenda is structured such that integrated through each of its Cores are three themes vital to effectively eliminate disparities in health: research, education and training, and communication and dissemination.
A diverse group of faculty, health professionals, community-based agencies, and minority media have joined together through CRETSCMHD to effectively reduce or eliminate disparities in health among racial and ethnic minorities. Funded under the Centers of Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (Project EXPORT a program of the National Institutes of Health), the CRETSCMHD brings together experts and stakeholders to understand the root causes and implement effective strategies for reducing or eliminating minority health disparities.
The objectives of the center are to develop a comprehensive understanding of health, health care, access to care, and health behaviors of the diverse populations in California so that we may greatly contribute to national efforts to tackle the enormous problem of racial/ethnic health disparities. While the majority of research on racial/ethnic health disparities in the U.S. examines pervasive disparities between Blacks and Whites, health disparities seen in the context of California's diversity offers the Center the opportunity to study the dynamics of health disparities within greatly understudied racial/ethnic groups such as Asians, Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, Latinos, Americans Indians, and Black populations.