Consortium Addresses Disparities Nationally, Locally

Research on African American men’s health has focused on the individual level risk factors in disease specific areas. A more comprehensive approach, however, has been largely ignored. Recognizing this need, the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $13.5 million grant jointly to the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the University of Alabama (UAB) – creating a consortium national in scope – to develop and implement a coordinated approach to address the health disparities of African American men across their life courses. A consortium of regional academic centers and community organizations has created a first ever collaborative center to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve African American men’s health through research, outreach and training.