HDI Listserv
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Executive Director Search
We are excited to announce the launch of a nationwide search for an Associate/Full Professor to serve as Executive Director of the Health Disparities Institute. The job description and instructions to apply will be available soon.

Please contact contact Joyce Smith at or 860-679-1784 with any questions.

HDI News & Events

March, 2015
We Are the Movement
University-community forum coming this spring. Join the Movement >

November 20, 2014
Public Health Challenges in and Ever-Changing Brazil

November 18, 2014
Is Food Making Us Sick? A Conversation about Food and Our Health

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A demographic profile of Connecticut reflects striking health inequities.

On average, Connecticut residents have some of the highest per capita income, education levels, and health insurance coverage in the nation. In stark contrast to these indicators of wealth and progress, poor health outcomes have consistently been found among black/African-American, Latino and other racial-ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, the urban and rural poor, and other socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

Despite many efforts to address the problem of health inequities throughout the state, poor health outcomes among many remain an on-going public health challenge. Health disparities are the result of biogenetic predispositions to certain health conditions, socioeconomic factors affecting health and access to health care, and unequal care due to issues of cultural competency or bias.

The creation of the Health Disparities Institute (HDI) is rooted in the Bioscience Connecticut Legislation that was championed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and approved by the General Assembly in 2011. The HDI is a programmatic component of Bioscience Connecticut; focused on community engagement and public health rather than construction or infrastructure improvements. It is tied with one of the project’s guiding goals: meeting the health care needs of Connecticut’s future.

The HDI is sponsored by the University of Connecticut, bolstered by a network of community partnerships, and focused on enhancing research and the delivery of care to minority and underserved populations.