University of Pittsburgh center to target health disparities

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 26, 2011

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A new center at the University of Pittsburgh has been established to reduce health disparities in western Pennsylvania. The Center for Health Equity is part of the university's Graduate School of Public Health. Center researchers will work toward identifying and alleviating high rates of preventable deaths among the region's medically underserved populations.

The center will build on the university's former Center for Minority Health, established in 1994.

"The center represents an evolution in the way public health workers and [the Graduate School of Public Health] tackle health disparities among our region's diverse population," said Donald Burke, MD, the school's dean.

The effort is being led by Michael J. Zigmond, PhD, professor of neurology, psychiatry and behavioral and community health sciences, and Angela Ford, PhD, who was associate director of the former Center for Minority Health.

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