South Texas Border Health Disparities Center
October 22, 2016
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About Us


The South Texas Border Health Disparities Center focuses on enhancing the institutional capacity of UTPA researchers to conduct health disparities research with a particular emphasis on the prevention of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease among the largely Hispanic population along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Center hopes to achieve this objective through the development of the following areas.

  • Research infrastructure
    • Enhance the capability of faculty members to undertake health disparities and health services research
    • Foster collaborations between UTPA faculty and other institutions of higher education at the regional level
    • Develop an information base of funding opportunities for health disparities research
    • Identify the type of research support services needed by faculty members (survey design, computational infrastructure, programs, databases, research assistants, data collection, etc.)
  • Research
    • Develop one or two in-house research projects annually.
    • Provide seed funding for individual investigator developmental research projects (2-3 annual small grants of $10,000 to $15,000)
    • Establish a set of health disparities local data indicators
  • Public information and community outreach (future planning phase)
    • Identify community partners
    • Provide a resource for community-based organizations (help in design and evaluation of projects, identification of funding resources)
1201 W. University Drive Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
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