Center for Integrative Health Disparities and Equity Research

CIDHER is a research center housed in HCHHS that focuses on all aspects of health disparities and health equity research. Health disparities and equity research is complex and multi-faceted. To work toward the alleviation of these disparities,

CIDHER is focused on work to create unique relationship building activities, develop culturally sensitive engagement practices and research tools, and involving the diverse expertise of our NC A&T faculty, affiliate members, and community stakeholders to building sustainable and trusted relationships with minority ethnic groups and economically disadvantaged population who bear the burden of disease. 

Mission Statement and Objectives of CIHDER

To bring together students and scholars of diverse disciplines and backgrounds to formulate new, relevant, and transformative research, theories, and models to bring greater clarity and understanding to health disparities and health inequities to create solutions for their elimination. 

  • Create an interdisciplinary community of researchers who leverage their expertise to solve complex problems associated with health disparities in chronic and infectious diseases. 
  • Conduct fundamental research in health disparities, transcending behavioral, basic, and translational aspects. 
  • Develop methods, technologies, and best practices for conducting basic, translational, and behavioral research that addresses health disparities and equity. 
  • Provide education and training opportunities for postdocs and NC A&T students at all levels. 
  • Support the professional development of junior faculty/early career investigators and postdocs via mentoring and professional development activities. 
  • Serve as a pipeline for health disparities researchers and health professionals who will go back to minority communities and work to alleviate health disparities. 


  • Director: TBD
  • Associate Director of Community Engagement: TBA
  • Associate Director of Education and Training: Dr. Cassandra Germain
  • Associate Director of Research: Dr. Marc Cook


Upcoming Events 

Annual NC Counts Conference on September 20th from 10a-4p in the NC A&T Alumni Center. 
NC Counts Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to building a healthy, just, and equitable North Carolina through cross-sector partnerships that advance systemic solutions for communities facing systemic barriers, including BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+, low-wealth, immigrant, and other communities. The registration link for A&T participants is below.

Don't Count Us Out: Creating Pathways for Recovery, Resiliency, and Transformation

Registration Link:

WHEN: Wednesday, September 20th, 2023. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Registration begins at 9:00 AM)

WHERE: NC A&T Alumni-Foundation Event Center

Co-Hosted By: Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences and the Center of Integrative Health Disparities and Equity Research (CIHDER)


  • Build community and foster collaboration among NC Counts' members and allies
  • Provide participants with helpful information to get involved in NC Counts’ work related to the census, health equity, and representation



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