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Center for Urban Youth & Families (CUYF)


Aim: Improve the lives of urban youth with research.

Values: We believe that: 1) all people are created equal and deserve a fair and equal opportunity to live healthy lives. 2) health disparities are a major barrier to health and longevity for many people. 3) rigorous scientific inquiry can contribute to the health of the nation. 4) including local stakeholders speeds the process of dissemination and therefore we endeavor to include community partners and stakeholders in projects as appropriate. 5) people learn best by doing therefore students are mentored in the process when possible.

Strategy: Center scientists will focus their inquiry around health disparity issues that affect urban youth. Presently we will focus on: oral health, obesity, pulmonary health and violence/stress and coping. CUY resources will be used to support small pilot/feasibility projects that will lead to publication and serve as the foundation for larger studies. Center scientists will apply for extramural funding to support larger projects. As funding is obtained the scientists will provide a portion (to be determined) that will be dedicated to maintaining the center. Center scientists will begin working with students to mentor them in projects now. These relationships will either be internships (some paid by other funding sources or voluntary) and research assistants. CUY members will share resources (instruments and equipment) and assist one another as appropriate.

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