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Vol. 12 No. 3

The Connecticut Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos

  • Rafael Perez-Escamilla
  • Grace Damio
  • Jeannette DeJesus
  • Laurine Bow
  • Jyoti Chhabra
  • Nancy H. Bull
July 23, 2010


CEHDL’s mission is to contribute to the elimination of health disparities among Latino(a)s through the formation of human resources, community-based research, and culturally appropriate outreach/extension. CEHDL is structured as a consortium led by the University of Connecticut (UConn) in close partnership with the Hispanic Health Council (HHC), a community health agency located in inner-city Hartford, and Hartford Hospital (HH). Demonstrating best practice and culturally skilled, evidence-based outreach, and bringing the best of academic, community, and health institutions to socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, CEHDL fosters scientific- community interactions and supports training of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. Building capacity in other agencies is one method through which CEHDL seeks to accomplish its goals. Thus far, CEHDL has made substantial progress demonstrating that interdisciplinary community-academic- hospital partnerships are essential for addressing health
inequities in our country.