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National Center on Minority Health and Health Dispartities

Welcome to the Center of Excellence! In 2005, the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHHD) awarded a $7.5 million grant to the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities at the University of South Carolina and Claflin University to establish a partnership to reduce and eliminate HIV/AIDS, HPV, and cervical cancer.

Our Center of Excellence is designed to provide opportunities for research, training and community outreach. We are training future leaders in public health and health disparities research at Claflin University and the University of South Carolina. We are working closely with departments within both university systems to design effective research projects for intervention and the prevention of these diseases.

In an attempt to reduce the number of cases of HIV/AIDS, HPV, and cervical cancer in minority and rural communities, we are working in partnership with the community to design community-led programs and other resources to educate and promote awareness about these health conditions. We also rely on expertise from the community to help guide our research activities.

As director of the Center of Excellence, I view this partnership between USC, Claflin, and the Orangeburg community as a major achievement that will have a significant impact on the health of minorities in rural communities. Please take time to review our website and contact our faculty or staff, if you have any questions or need further information about how to get involved with our community outreach, training, or research activities.

Saundra H. Glover, Ph.D., MBA
Principal Investigator