The National Center for African American Health, Research, Education & Policy is the first university-based, African American race-specific collaboration of disciplines in the country to address the fundamental problems impacting African American health. Each profession contributes its distinctive perspective but works collaboratively toward a common goal: to substantively improve the health, education, and social standing of African Americans through research and wide-ranging policy development and implementation.
African Americans are the second largest minority group in the United States and include more than 40 million lives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that African Americans have the worse access to care and poorer quality of care across an array of health measures. African American’s poor overall health is influenced by a number of social determinants including “poverty, lack of access to high-quality education, unemployment, unhealthy housing, unsafe neighborhoods, and other cultural barriers.”
The National Center for African American Health, Education, Research & Policy will take a collaborative approach across multiple disciplines and professions with a common goal of improving the health of African Americans in a foundational manner. Because of the wide-ranging opportunities available at Cleveland State University, we are in a unique position to take an inter-professional approach to improving both the health and education of African Americans including the social determinants of health.
The National Center for African American Health, Research, Education & Policy will:
- Establish a central administrative locus for matters related to the research, education, health, social and legal issues for African Americans.
- Improve the culturally sensitive and evidence-based delivery of healthcare to African Americans.
- Make significant advances in research impacting the social determinants of health through thoughtful policy advancement decreasing poverty, incarceration, and related bias while increasing justice and equity.
- Improve African American health literacy through the development of culturally specific educational media tools.
- Provide opportunities to support student-faculty research in the field of health and social sciences as it relates to improving the African American condition.
This Center takes the population demographics of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, the healthcare strengths of Cleveland’s hospitals and the outstanding assets of Cleveland State University and pulls them together to help eliminate African American disparities in Ohio and across the country.
The Director of the National Center for African American Health, Research, Education and Policy is Gregory L. Hall, MD, who has extensive experience in African American healthcare delivery, best practices, and related social determinants including serving as:
- Co-Director of the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) – Cleveland State University Partnership for Urban Health
- Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Integrative Medical Sciences at NEOMED
- Ass’t Clinical Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
- President Pro Tempore of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health
- Immediate Past Chairman of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health
- Author of “Patient-Centered Clinical Care for African Americans: A Concise, Evidence-Based Guide to Important Differences and Better Outcomes” which is scheduled for release in November 2019 by Springer Publishing Company.
For more information about the Center, other opportunities, and how to get involved, email Dr. Hall at G.L.Hall05@csuohio.edu.