The Center for Health Disparities Research at the Medical University of South Carolina is focused on eliminating racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and rural/urban disparities in health.
through excellence in all phases of our work and continually improving our programs and practices based on new knowledge.
to communities through development of health interventions that are effective and practical in the real world.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), based in Charleston, SC, established the Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) in 2005. Over the years, the Center has emerged into one of the leading centers of its kind. CHDR focuses on research, training and outreach surrounding racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and rural/urban disparities in health.
South Carolina has many rural communities where chronic health problems are compounded by poor access to medical care. The state’s rate for diabetes is one of the highest in the country, and our citizens face many other challenges due to heart disease, stroke, cancer and mental illness. Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health, seen throughout the United States and the world, are also visible in Charleston, providing our team with many ways of understanding the factors that perpetuate health care disparities.
The center has built a collaborative multidisciplinary team of researchers to focus on three main priority areas including:
1) health disparities;
2) rural health; and
3) disease prevention.
Specific research activities focus on chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, connective tissue diseases and mental health disorders.