About the Institute
Established on 2010, The Institute for Health Disparities Research (IHDR) advocates the integration of biomedical and socio-behavioral science research in addressing health disparities in South Texas, the nation and Latin America. The Institute partners with local and international academic agencies (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Alamo Colleges, Universidad de Guadalajara, etc.) and non-academic agencies (San Antonio Military Medical Center, University Health System, Texas Diabetes Institute, etc.) to address the unequal distribution and prevalence of adverse health conditions existing in Texas, the nation, and Latin America. The Institute also collaborates with local government agencies (Bexar County Department of Community Resources, San Antonio Metropolitan Heath District, etc), the private sector, and local nonprofit and community based organizations (Alamo Area Resource Center, Health Analytics, etc.) to improve the quality, access, and equity of health care and reduce health disparities in South Texas.
Health disparities research and interventions are important for the city of San Antonio and could substantially improve the health and well being of its citizens. UTSA as a major partner of this community could make an important contribution to health disparities research because of its unique strengths and areas of expertise which are not represented otherwise in the city.The primary mission of the Institute for Health Disparities Research (IHDR) is to reduce and eliminate health disparities in South Texas through integration of biomedical and socio-behavioral science approaches.