U of M, UAB to host innovative new center dedicated to African American men’s health care and research

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A $13.5 million grant will create new center at the University of Minnesota, designed to address health disparities in conditions impacting African American men. The center is a joint academic venture between the University of Minnesota and the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

The grant was awarded by the National Institutes for Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and will fund the center over 5 years. Selwyn Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S., chairman of the Department of Surgery, and Badrinath Konety, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of the Department of Urology, will lead the project at the University of Minnesota.

The National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African American Men’s Health will be dedicated to developing, implementing and evaluating interventions to improve the health of African American men. The program will target disparities in unintentional and violence-related injuries as well as chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke.

Academic-community partnerships will be integral to the program, particularly in identifying issues of importance to the African American community, as well as implementing treatments and interventions on a community level. 

 Several national collaborators have signed on to this project: The National USA Foundation, Inc. (NUFI), 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (The 100) and the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

The center will have physical locations on the campuses of both University of Minnesota and University of Alabama-Birmingham.

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