Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program (MRISP)
Health Services Research Center
The overarching theme for the CDU Health Services Research Center is the elimination of health disparities in minority, socio-economically disadvantaged, and other vulnerable populations. A major emphasis and specific focus of our efforts are research related to clinical settings that are particularly relevant to vulnerable populations. Public hospitals and clinics have presented formidable challenges to the conduct of rigorous HSR and have remained understudied and ill-defined. Our emphasis on the study of patients in these settings is driven by a commitment to have a direct and beneficial impact on their health.
Specific Aims of the CDU Health Services Research Center are:
- To strengthen CDU’s institutional HSR infrastructure by providing a centralized health services research Administrative Unit dedicated to providing and coordinating relevant administrative resources, faculty development opportunities, and methodological assistance in support of enhancing the capability of individual faculty to undertake health services research;
- To establish a critical mass of HSR investigators at CDU who will benefit from a structured interdisciplinary training experience that: a) guides development of research skills; b) provides researchers with exposure to senior faculty across a broad range of disciplines; and c) facilitates mentored interactions;
- To enhance HSR by creating a methods unit to provide technical resources for quantitative and qualitative methodologies, data management, secondary database analysis, and biostatistical analysis support.
- To support individual investigator projects that both lead to funding under regular HSR grant mechanisms and contribute to the institutional HSR infrastructure development.
View the 48-minute National Library of Medicine video entitled "Health Services Research--A Historical Perspective."