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The mission of El Centro is carried out through the synergistic work of four cores:

Administrative Core: 
Provides stewardship for El Centro’s mission and oversees the day-to-day management and direction of El Centro in relation to UM, the funding agency, and the community at large.

Research Core:
Provides leadership and support to promote scientific excellence in the area of health disparities intervention research and methodology and to develop new research.

Research Training and Education Core (R-TEC):
Provides an environment to equip trainees with the knowledge, skills and experiences to conduct culturally competent and ethically responsible community-based health disparities research and to attract and maximize the opportunities for success of minority research trainees.

Community Engagement, Dissemination and Implementation (CEDI) Core: 
Builds upon existing community networks to serve as a bi-directional bridge between researchers and community-based organizations for the purpose of building community capacity to use and disseminate knowledge and to implement and evaluate interventions that address health disparities.