TAMU-CC are sponsors of HDEART C and its activities that provide and share academic, teaching and research expertise to eliminate health disparities through community-based participatory research models. HDEART C emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches through which clinical scientists, basic/behavioral scientists, social scientists, and community advocates collaborate on innovative projects leveraging the experience, intellectual strength, and energy of a diverse team. HDEART C also contributes to the development of a cadre of young professionals seeking careers related to health disparities research by developing undergraduate and graduate classes such as the anchor course “Health Disparities in America: Working toward Social Justice” and an annual Summer Workshop.
TAMU-CC contributes to HDEART C initiatives by developing student research opportunities in Health Disparities through local projects such as those addressing Aging, Disease, and Nutrition. Currently, we have our ongoing community health and nutrition education series (CRECEMOS) and are actively involved with the Aging in Place Initiatives, Healthy Aging, and Disease Prevention and Treatment in Hispanic communities. In order to support these initiatives, we have strong ties with the City of Corpus Christi Senior Community Services, South Coastal Health Education Center, and the City/County Health District
Xavier Fonz Gonzales Ph.D. MSPH is the TAMUCC representative in HDEART C. As the institutional representative, he actively supports the Health Disparities Program and other HDEART C initiatives in the following ways:
Nueces County Public Health District announces a new research study in partnership with the University of Michigan starting in 2018. Called Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi-Cognitive (BASIC) Cognitive, this study aims to learn about how the brain functions as people age in Nueces County residents aged 65 and over.
University of Michigan researchers also hope to learn about caregiver experiences, understand how their needs are being met and what areas may require more attention in our community and throughout the United States. BASIC Cognitive is funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant.