HIV/AIDS & Sexual Health

HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) disproportionately affect minority, underserved, and marginalized populations.  Multiple institutional and interpersonal factors, such as access to health care (testing and treatment), social stigma and high risk behaviors contribute to the incidence of infection. The development and testing of innovative and effective prevention interventions that address these factors is crucial towards reducing this health disparity.

Healthcare Discrimination

Access to quality health care is an important contributor to overall health and well-being. Perceived discrimination in health care settings has been linked to disparities in health outcomes and access to care among populations in need. In order to address this issue, additional research is needed in order to measure and thus better understand the prevalence of discrimination in health care.

Place-Based Evaluation

Social determinants of health are broadly defined as the social and economic conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.  Often called “place-based health”, the conditions under which a community lives and works in determines its members’ abilities to maintain optimal health. Public health efforts to improve “place-based health” work at the individual, community, and policy level to create an environment that supports good health.

Research Mentoring

Research support, mentoring,  and training is provided to CSULB faculty and students with the purpose of developing a cadre of research scientists who possess the skills, knowledge and abilities to engage in leading edge research that ultimately will contribute to reducing health disparities and in turn improve health equity in the United States.