Social Determinants of Health Disparities in Chronic Illness: a Life-Course Approach
The Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research (Mid-South TCC), seeks to reduce the disparities in chronic disease burden experienced by African Americans in three Mid-South states (Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi), then expand to Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The targeted geographic area includes the most impoverished rural counties and inner-city communities in the nation, carrying exceptionally high burden of obesity, chronic diseases, and high mortality rates from these conditions. The work of the consortium address the social determinants that interplay to impact a person's health and produce disparate health outcomes of minority populations living in the South. Specifically, focusing on pathways to obesity and chronic illness and the mechanisms connecting these pathways to health disparities throughout the life-course.
The goal of the new Mid-South Trans disciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research (Mid-South TCC) is to investigate the social, economic, cultural, and environmental factors driving and sustaining health disparities in obesity and chronic illnesses across the lifespan, and develop and implement interventions to ameliorate such disparities.