The Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research (formerly called the Center for the Study of Health Disparities) engages in a variety of research, education, service and community outreach activities related to the reduction and elimination of health disparities. The TCHER also contributes to the national research agenda related to health disparities and the existing as well as emerging health needs of ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged or vulnerable sub-groups of the population of all racial/ethnic identification.
Housed in the Department of Health and Kinesiology within the College of Education & Human Development of Texas A&M University, center affiliates include faculty from other departments, schools, colleges, and institutes – all whom bring their expertise to the various activities of the center. The center builds successful research and training programs that are well integrated into the institution, state and local agencies, and other academic institutions, and communities.
In 2001 the Provost of Texas A&M University designated AUF funding for the College of Education and Human Development to pursue a minority health research focus. The inaugural director, Dr. B. Lee Green, secured the center’s first major source of funding, recruited world-class scholars to join, and guided the center during its early stages. Dr. Green’s vision and leadership was critical in raising the center's national profile.
In March of 2012, Dr. E Lisako J McKyer was named the director of the center and began to make an immediate impact. Over the last few months, Dr. McKyer has organized a new external advisory board, recruited new student and faculty affiliates, planned for relocation of the center to the Blocker Building, and pursued external funding. Additionally, she evaluated the names of similar centers nationwide and consulted with leader's in the field. As a result, the Texas A&M Chancellor approved a name change for the center in April of 2012 to the Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research (TCHER). The name change allows for the emphasis of three important aspects of the center's mission: 1.) a concerted effort toward health equity, which goes beyond studying health disparities; 2.) transdisciplinary collaborations; and, 3.) research as a critical tool toward achievement of health equity. Center director, Dr. Lisako McKyer, believes that the new name better reflects the paradigm shift in disparities research and programmatic efforts.
* Originally written by B. Lee Green (2002). Modified by ELJ McKyer (2012).
1Dr. Green was recruited by Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL and is Vice President of Moffitt Diversity and Professor of Health Outcomes and Behaviors.