WHO WE ARE
Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research CenterThe former named Nursing Division at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) was awarded a grant (5P20MD002286) from the former National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, now the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) which established the Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center for Excellence, hereafter referred to as the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC).
The specific aims of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center are to:
- Provide the administrative structure, coordination and resources to facilitate cohesive functioning of the CERC for research and education on health disparities.
- Expand the initial efforts of the Caribbean EXPORT Center for Research and Education on Health Disparities.
- Strengthen the research preparation and expertise of members of the UVI faculty, students and community in health disparities research.
- Enable academic, institutional and community partners to evaluate interventions designed to improve the health of Virgin Islanders.
A very sparse literature suggests that residents of the U. S. Virgin Islands are burdened with the same health disparities identified in health disparity populations on the U. S. mainland. Few studies have described factors that might be associated with reported prevalence rates for health disparities in the territory and the Caribbean.