History and Achievements

The Emergence of a University-Wide Initiative

The University-wide Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities emerged as a unified campus priority through the Georgetown University Medical Center’s (GUMC) strategic planning process that began in 2008. The Initiative formed a key piece of the GUMC’s commitment to Ensemble Science, which promotes dynamic, discovery-oriented laboratory science, built on collegial, collaborative networks of scientists and clinicians who bring diverse and complementary expertise to projects.

Given the diversity of faculty at work on health disparities, and the significance of their contributions across all of Georgetown’s schools, the Initiative was elevated to a university-wide initiative, encompassing the faculty of Georgetown’s main, medical, and law campuses.

Across all of Georgetown’s schools and campuses, Georgetown faculty are already at work on projects and research related to health disparities: through the Lombardi Cancer Center with its focus on Cancer Health Disparities, the Center for Health Equity-Research Implementation, and Teaching, the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the National Center for Cultural Competence, the Georgetown Center for Child and Human Development, and many others

Read about the Initiative’s official launch and the achievements of our community. 

Official Launch 

 In 2012, the Initiative officially launched as a university-wide, cross-campus endeavor, providing a space for the more than 200 faculty pursing health disparities research to come together, share their experiences, discover new synergies and new pathways for even greater impact on these complex and multifaceted health challenges.  

Speakers included President DeGioia, Vice President Howard Federoff, and Initiative co-chairs Phyllis Magrab and Lucile Adams-Campbell.

At the launch event, the Initiative pilot project teams were recognized. More information about the success of the pilot projects can be found in “Our Activities.”

Additional photos of the launch and the pilot award winners are available by clicking here

Community Achievements

Since 2012, the Initiative has been committed to creating opportunities for our faculty to make a disproportionate impact in their research and in our communities.

Major achievements of our faculty include:

  • In the summer of 2012, a group of Georgetown faculty members from the Georgetown University Medical Center were awarded a $6.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to form the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities in the Nation’s Capital.