New Research Effort at UCLA to Study Chronic Diseases That Disproportionately Affect Racial Minorities

The department of family medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles has launched the Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Healthcare. The new program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will study racial healthcare disparities, particularly concerning chronic diseases.

Scientists from universities and medical centers across the United States will join the effort. The program will appoint five Healthcare Quality Scholars each year who will conduct research on such diseases as diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and other afflictions that disproportionately affect racial minorities.