Program for Health Equity Research

graphicThe Program for Health Equity Research (PHER) aims to become the nation’s leader in health equity research that’s inclusive, supportive and diverse by creating a rigorous environment for application-driven research with rapid response to policies and practices.

The mission of PHER is to establish a community of scholars and collaborators across VUMC to generate and advance research to inform and guide innovative solutions that move beyond addressing health disparities but that also advance our understanding of what works, for whom, and under what conditions to promote health and health outcomes. PHER will be guided by the following goals:

  • Community building among health equity research scholars.
  • Collaboration and training in health equity research.
  • Health equity research workforce initiatives.
  • Health equity research pilot awards program.
  • Relationship building between health equity researchers and community experts.

Ebele Mary-Anne Umeukeje, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Velma McBride Murry, MS, PhD
Lois Autrey Betts Endowed Chair
Associate Provost, Office of Research and Innovation at Vanderbilt University
University Distinguished Professor in Departments of Health Policy and Human and Organizational Development