Initiatives

The Center has several active programs and initiatives aimed at reducing health disparities:

Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB), a group of faculty and community stakeholders that host monthly meetings to provide consultation to researchers interested in engaging community members in research projects. The CRAB aims to ensure that research studies are culturally sensitive and relevant.

Violence Prevention Initiative focuses on decreasing gun violence and hospital recidivism in the City of Pittsburgh by increasing community stakeholder involvement, analyzing and synthesizing national data, and collecting local data.

Health Advocates in Reach (HAIR), which involves partnering and educating the owners and staff of five African American barbershops to be lay health advocates. These health advocates host health promotion and disease prevention activities onsite and provide health information to their customers.

Interdisciplinary Latino Research Initiative (ILRI), is a mentoring and networking program open to all faculty and students who are interested in Latino health issues.  ILRI meets on a regular basis to write, discuss, and critique proposals and manuscripts to increase the body of resources and literature regarding Latinos.  

Journal Club facilitates dialogue about health equity among faculty, students, staff, and community members. 

Minority Student Organization (MSO),  through academic, professional, community, volunteer, and social endeavors, MSO strives to provide its members with the necessary tools and resources to thrive as graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh, and to become a marketable professional upon graduation.