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Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research to Eliminate Health Disparities in Male Populations
Raymond Samuel, MD, PhD

The Hampton University Regional Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (HU-TCC) aims to develop a coordinated transdisciplinary approach to addressing health disparities among male populations, especially in racial/ethnic, low income and rural subgroups. The HU-TCC operates under the umbrella of the Hampton University Minority Men's Health Initiative (MMHI) and takes a comprehensive, integrative approach (research, education, training and outreach) to reducing and/or eliminating health disparities in racial and ethnic minority male populations. Our focus is primarily on health disparities in African-American and Hispanic populations, but health disparities affecting other racial/ethnic male populations are supported as dictated by research activities of faculty at Minority Serving Institutions in HHS regions 3 and 4. The MMHI hopes to harness the health disparity research resources and expertise of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in HHS regions 3 and 4, which consist of 85 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 13 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The MMHI's Pilot Project Program allows the involvement of early career faculty from any of the 98 MSIs in our target area to pursue transdisciplinary collaborative health disparity research aimed at reducing the burden of cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and violence in male populations. Its innovative Pilot Project Program awards diversify the disciplines/processes/approaches being employed by MMHI researchers to examine its primary research foci. The MMHI's overarching goal is to develop health disparity researchers who implement sustainable and transferable transdisciplinary collaborative research models in its the six research areas to positively influence the healthy outcomes of minority male populations.

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