1. Family and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

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      Why study Family & Intimate Partner Violence?

      The burden of IPV on racial and ethnic minorities is not well documented. However, research has suggested that individuals of Hispanics and African origin are disproportionately affected by IPV. Findings from a five-year study of IPV among a nationally representative sample of couples in the U.S. indicated that Hispanics and Blacks…

    2. HIV / AIDS and other STIs

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      Why study HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)?

      Racial and ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic.  The majority of new AIDS diagnoses, new HIV infections, people living with HIV/AIDS, and AIDS deaths are among racial and ethnic minorities.  Additionally, men who have sex with men (MSM)…

    3. Mental Health

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      Why study Mental Health?

      Much of what we know about mental health and mental illness comes from epidemiological studies that seek to identify the rates of mental disorders such as Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Schizophrenia, to name just a few. These illnesses affect tens of millions of…

    4. Substance Abuse

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      Why study Substance Abuse?

      Drug and alcohol abuse are significant public health problems among people of all ages, economic backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. Drug use may involve illegal drugs like cocaine or marijuana, or it may involve the misuse and abuse of prescribed medications.

      Substance abuse is linked with many negative health-related consequences.  For example,…