Center of Excellence in Eliminating Disparities


The overall aims of the Center of Excellence in Eliminating Disparities (CEED) are to:

  1. Become a university-wide crucial resource for minority health and health disparities research
  2. Enhance training of faculty and students engaged in minority health and health disparities research
  3. Develop and conduct leading-edge research on health disparities
  4. Disseminate effective strategies for improving minority health and health disparities in community settings
  5. Develop, maintain and sustain key university-community partnerships

We accomplish these aims through four cores, two research projects and supplemental studies:

A dissemination project by the community core aims to reduce breast cancer mortality.

With very strong institutional commitment, stellar leadership, integrating the full complement of our six health sciences programs, we aim for a comprehensive strategy incorporating research, education, policy changes, and community partnerships to reduce health disparities in Chicago and Illinois.

Research Product(s)

In this 14-minute video, "Beating Breast Cancer," five African American women, all breast cancer survivors, share from their hearts to help women beat breast cancer, beginning with early detection with mammography screening.


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The funding period of this grant was extended by one year with no additional money.

Related publications

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Molina Y, Kim S, Berrios N, Calhoun EA. Medical mistrust and patient satisfaction with mammography: the mediating effects of perceived self-efficacy among navigated African American women. Health Expect. 2015 Dec;18(6):2941-50. [See abstract.]

Williams CT, Kim S, Meyer J, Spaulding A, Teixeira P, Avery A, Moore K, Altice F, Murphy-Swallow D, Simon D, Wickersham J, Ouellet LJ. Gender differences in baseline health, needs at release, and predictors of care engagement among HIV-positive clients leaving jail. AIDS Behav. 2013 Oct;17 Suppl 2:S195-202.

Kim S, Chukwudozie B, Calhoun E. Sociodemographic characteristics, distance to the clinic, and breast cancer screening results. J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2013 Spring;6(1):70. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Conant EF, Khan JA, Berbaum ML. Mammogram image quality as a potential contributor to disparities in breast cancer stage at diagnosis: an observational study. BMC Cancer. 2013 Apr 26;13:208. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Khan JA, Berbaum ML, Conant EF. Potentially missed detection with screening mammography: does the quality of radiologist's interpretation vary by patient socioeconomic advantage/disadvantage? Ann Epidemiol. 2013 Apr;23(4):210-4. [See abstract.]

Tussing-Humphreys LM, Fitzgibbon ML, Kong A, Odoms-Young A. Weight loss maintenance in African American women: a systematic review of the behavioral lifestyle intervention literature. J Obes. 2013;2013:437369. [See abstract.]

Freeman VL, Ricardo AC, Campbell RT, Barrett RE, Warnecke RB. Association of census tract-level socioeconomic status with disparities in prostate cancer-specific survival. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Oct;20(10):2150-9. [See abstract.]