Improving health-care access and quality for all
- The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities takes a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to the inequities in health access and quality of care. This includes a comprehensive program for research, education and teaching, and community outreach and information dissemination.
- The center builds on UC Davis’ long history of reaching out to the most vulnerable, underserved populations in the region. A comprehensive medical interpretive services program helps overcome limitations in access for those who don’t speak English. Its regional telehealth network provides a high tech link between UC Davis physicians and smaller clinics around the state that cannot afford to maintain medical specialists on staff.
- The center represents a major commitment to addressing community needs that goes well beyond the traditional service role of an academic medical center. It is a program designed not only to raise awareness and conduct critical research, but also intended to actually assist those communities whose needs have never been addressed and met by the traditional health-care system.
- The center’s wide-ranging focus on health disparities includes an emphasis on improving access, detection and treatment of mental health problems within the primary care setting. It will also focus efforts on achieving better understanding into the co-morbidity of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer or HIV/AIDS with depression.
Core components of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities program
- Research – to advance innovative investigations that help a better understanding about the causes and consequences arising from disparities in health care.
- Education and mentoring – to expand opportunities for minority health and research training through a rigorous mentoring program in applied health disparities research.
- Community outreach and public information – to build more awareness about access and quality of care issues within ethnically diverse populations.
- Shared resources – to assist others with planning and implementing similar health disparities research in order to maximize overall benefits of disparities’ findings and recommendations.
- Affiliations and partnerships – to strengthen or establish collaborations with community-based organizations and other groups that will help increase organizational capacity.
- Administration and oversight – to promote and support excellence in the overall effort to reduce health disparities.