University of Houston Launches New Institute to Combat Racial Health Disparities

houstonThe University of Houston has announced the establishment of a new research institute entitled Helping Everyone Achieve a Life-Time of Health (HEALTH). The mission of the new institute is to lessen health disparities for marginalized or underserved populations.

obasiThe new research institute will be led by Ezemenari M. Obasi, an associate professor in the department of psychological, health, and learning sciences in the College of Education at the University of Houston. Dr. Obasi stated that “our vision is to bring the right people and the right resources together to make change happen. We aim to become a model for other institutes across the nation that want to address and eliminate health inequities.”

Dr. Obasi notes that “the University of Houston is embedded in one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan areas in the nation. We are committed to advancing science and practice to improve the health and, ultimately, the lives of those we interact with every day.”

Dr. Obasi is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where he majored in physics. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Ohio State University.

More information on the new institute is available here.

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