A grant funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will enable UC Merced to create a center to research health disparities in ethnic underserved populations and train students interested in health-related careers, officials announced today, Sept. 28.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1.3 million over two years to the university to spur the creation of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health Disparities in Rural and Ethnic Underserved Populations.
"UC Merced is the ideal location for research and education on health disparities," said Chancellor Steve Kang. "Our region offers a natural laboratory for education, training and research in this area."
The goal of the center of excellence is to increase the number of UC Merced students who are knowledgeable about disparities in health care and health outcomes, improve the number of students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups performing research in this area, and expand the capacity of the university to conduct health sciences research that addresses disparities in the region.