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Pilot Awards for Community Engaged Approaches to Understand or Reduce Health Disparities
The Center for Reducing Health Disparities, established jointly by The MetroHealth System and Case Western Reserve University, seeks innovative pilot projects that partner with community organizations to better understand and/or reduce health disparities. Investigators from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. More about this program...

Center for Reducing Health Disparities

A Note from the Co-Directors

Health disparities are differences in health-related outcomes by race, gender, socioeconomic status, or other grouping. Health disparities are especially striking in the Greater Cleveland area.

The Center for Reducing Health Disparities was established by Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth Medical Center to reduce health disparities through research on root causes, mechanisms, and interventions; through education of students, providers, and policy makers; and through partnership with community organizations and government agencies.

The Center has three long-term goals. First, we will create a durable academic-community partnership to develop innovative interventions that achieve measurable reductions in health disparities in the Greater Cleveland area. Second, we will promote successful intervention strategies that can be replicated in other regions. Finally, we will train a new generation of health activists committed to eliminating health disparities.

CRHD faculty and staff are involved in a number of research, education, and community collaboration activities designed to address health disparities in Greater Cleveland and beyond. We have received over $10 million from the National Institutes of Health to understand and address health disparities related to hypertension, kidney disease, and transplantation.

Our educational activities have focused on teaching an annual graduate course on health disparities and mentoring a number of trainees.  Continued partnerships with the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Frontline Services, UHCAN Ohio, and Susan G. Komen NEO among many others continue to strengthen our collaboration with community and government organizations.

This is an exciting time to be working on health disparities. We are eager to develop new collaborations with faculty, students, community organizations, and government agencies. Please feel free to contact me or our Center’s other faculty or staff with ideas for new projects.

Sincerely yours,

Ashwini Sehgal, MD         J. Daryl Thornton, MD, MPH

Ash Sehgal, M.D.                                     J. Daryl Thornton, MD, MPH
Co- Director                                             Co-Director


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