InCHIP’s work in ameliorating health disparity outcomes includes mentoring scholars from under-represented racial and ethnic backgrounds in community-based HIV research, studying the cultural contexts of health disparities among adolescents, addressing childhood obesity in African-American and Latino youth, and exploring HPV vaccine completion outcomes across demographic backgrounds.
Additionally, Health Psychologists and Research Professors of Psychology Rick Gibbons, Ph.D., and Meg Gerrard, Ph.D., have been conducting The Family and Community Health Study (FACHS), a longitudinal study of psychosocial factors related to the physical and mental health of African-American families, for more than 15 years. The largest study of its kind in the U.S. to date, FACHS began with 900 families and has followed them across six waves, with a special focus on the adolescents who were age 10 at Wave 1 (age 26 at Wave 6) and their parents. An ongoing study, FACHS examines the impact of stressors, such as racial discrimination, environmental risk, and low socioeconomic status (SES), as well as buffers, such as racial socialization and racial identity, on outcomes including substance abuse, obesity, and disease, as well as safe sex, nutrition, and exercise habits.
InCHIP Health Disparities Resources