What is the Center of Excellence in Cancer and HIV Research?
The Center of Excellence is a partnership between the University of South Carolina
and Claflin University and is designed to reduce health
disparities in HIV/AIDS
particularly among minorities in rural areas of South Carolina.
The partnership is a result of a federally funded grant from the
National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Center on
Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHHD).
The Center of Excellence goals are to contribute to the reduction of
health disparities in South Carolina and in the United States by
developing researchers who can address the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS
and HPV/cervical cancer in African-American populations. In
addition, the center works with the Orangeburg, SC community
to assist with research activities and to design community-led
programs and resources to educate and promote awareness about
these health conditions.
The Center of Excellence Partnerships' Objectives
- Promote and conduct research to reduce health
- Increase the number of professionals from minority and
underserved populations for training in biomedical and
- Increase scientific and health information relevant to
underserved populations; and
- Promote and increase the minority community's
participation in research, prevention, and intervention