Project EXPORT Phase II
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The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) first established centers of excellence in partnerships for community outreach, research on health disparities, and training in 2002. These are more commonly known as NCMHD Project EXPORT centers. The CDU/UCLA/RAND Project Export was among the first group of funded centers. Our mission is to establish the knowledge base necessary to reduce diabetes, depression, HIV/AIDS and other related health disparities among low-income African Americans and Latinos.
The CDU/UCLA/RAND Project EXPORT mission is to establish the knowledge base necessary to reduce diabetes, depression, HIV/AIDS and other related health disparities among low-income African Americans and Latinos. This center will accomplish its mission by bringing new vitality to the field of health disparities research via in-depth community participation alongside academia. The Export team consists of physicians, researchers, and community leaders who are committed to serving this large, impoverished minority community. Project EXPORT is unique in its mutually beneficial partnership between Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science faculty and researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Geffen School of Medicine, the UCLA School of Public Health, and RAND. Each of these entities has nationally recognized research expertise and evaluation tools, and now through Project EXPORT, they are building and strengthening ties with the community to further enhance health disparities-related research.
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The CDU/UCLA/RAND Project EXPORT brings important strengths to the field of health disparities research. The center is established in Los Angeles County, one of the most culturally diverse counties in the United States. Los Angeles is characterized by a diversity of low socioeconomic communities of Latinos and African Americans, many of whom suffer from alarmingly high rates of morbidity and mortality. The area of south Los Angeles where CDU is located, as well as other surrounding areas, is characterized by some of the lowest educational attainment, family income and insurance coverage rates in the entire nation. Reports from the Los Angeles County Health Department have demonstrated the need for Project EXPORT to address the dramatic health/education disparities among Latino and African American communities in comparison to the rest of the county.