Welcome to the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center (HHDRC) web page. The HHDRC is uniquely located in El Paso, Texas, which borders our sister city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to the south and the state of New Mexico to the west. The HHDRC is an ongoing collaboration partnering the best educational institutions; The University of Texas at El Paso College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and The University of Texas School of Public Health (UT-SPH), west Texas has to offer in terms of Hispanic health disparities research. This successful collaboration has led to a multidisciplinary approach in seeking new and better ways in understanding and helping to eliminate disparities among our rapidly growing Hispanic population. Currently, in its eighth year of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) funding, the center is comprised of five cores:

  1. Administrative
  2. Research
  3. Research Training and Education
  4. Community Engagement and Dissemination
  5. Environment

Each core works to foster sustainable mechanisms for scholarly development among student and faculty researchers in Hispanic health disparities as well as research that addresses the needs of the El Paso, Texas border region which is heavily influenced by many factors related to health care disparities such as a majority Hispanic population, poverty, illiteracy, and a rapidly increasing elderly population.

The aims of the Center are to: 

  1. build capacity for researchers in health disparities,
  2. create a program of excellence to investigate and eliminate Hispanic health disparities in the Texas-Mexico border region,
  3. establish the University of Texas system as a leader in Hispanic health disparities, and
  4. promote knowledge transfer to both practice and policy.

The HHDRC is committed to work within our unique bicultural border region with community partners like Centro de Salud La Fe, The American Red Cross, The Boys and Girls Club, El Paso Diabetes Association and Centro San Vicente to develop strategies to work towards the elimination of Hispanic health disparities.



“The project described is supported by Award Number P20MD002287 from the National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities or the National Institutes of Health.”

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