Advancing Health Equity Through Multi-Level Cultural Determinants Research

Project: Research project

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Advancing Health Equity Through Multi-Level Cultural Determinants Research Advancing Health Equity Through Multi-Level Cultural Determinants Research The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC), a NIMHD Exploratory Center of Excellence, aims to address knowledge gaps on the role of social determinants of healthincluding cultural processesas factors in the creation, reduction and elimination of health disparities. SIRC aims to advance research by moving beyond the proximal causes of risk and protective behaviors to consider how factors at multiple levels such as the family, community, and culture influence health behaviors. With support leveraged from the Administrative and Research Cores, these two proposed pilot studies will enhance SIRCs current work and add knowledge that can result in specific improvements in the health and well-being of racial/ethnic minorities. The first pilot study, The Role of Refugee Mothers Experiences with Trauma and Forced Migration on Child Emotional and Behavioral Health, explores how Vietnamese and Cambodian refugee parents pre- and post-migration experiences influence family dynamics and youth behavioral and mental health outcomes. The second pilot study, Unintended Consequences for Minority Health at a Time of Changing Immigration Policy and Economic Conditions, seeks to understand how economic and socio-political change affects health care utilization for Latinos. These proposed pilot research projects will continue SIRCs work to advance social determinants of health to include sociocultural processes in the reduction and elimination of health disparities using a multilevel approach. By identifying ways in which cultural processes act as a social determinants and fundamental causes of disease, these pilot projects extend SIRCs aim to understand ethnic minorities vulnerabilities and manifestations of risk and resilience behaviors.
Effective start/end date9/25/149/24/16


  • HHS-NIH: National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD): $291,708.00


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