The Mission of the San Diego EXPORT Center is to reduce health disparities by exposing hidden and unexpected causes of health disparities among the diverse African-American and Hispanic populations, as well as other underrepresented groups. This will be accomplished by strengthening the community’s involvement in research and facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration.
The San Diego EXPORT Center participates in faculty development through a number of approaches. EXPORT is developing cultural competency training for students and faculty. Faculty within the EXPORT HIV and CVD Research Cores also receive funding for release time to participate in faculty development programs (including NCLAM, see below) and to pursue research interests in health disparities.
The Center also fosters the development of new investigators and increasing the number of research studies on health disparities conducted in partner agencies. This is accomplished through the Pilot Research Core. Researchers from UCSD, SDSU and other affiliated organizations are welcome, and the San Diego EXPORT Center makes a particular effort to identify and encourage investigators from underrepresented backgrounds. Both new and experienced researchers are able to participate in the Pilot research projects. Preference is given to research projects that are multidisciplinary, community-based, and innovative in their approach.