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Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Policy

The Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education, and Policy (C-HAREP) is a transdisciplinary collaborative effort focusing on reducing, and ultimately eliminating, disparities in HIV/AIDS incidence, morbidity and mortality through research and education addressing the determinants of disparity as well as interventions and policies designed to eliminate them.

The overall goal of the Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Policy (C-HAREP) is to eliminate HIV/AIDS health disparities through collaborative research, innovative education, community partnership and policy advocacy.


  • Create and support an academic home for HIV/AIDS health disparity research;
  • Build transdisciplinary collaborations within the University of Mississippi Medical Center and beyond to advance our understanding and elimination of health disparities;
  • Conduct cutting-edge research that focuses on the intersection of biological, behavioral, social, community and policy determinants of HIV/AIDS health disparities;
  • Develop and promote culturally competent education and training to clinicians and health care professionals designed to support of an inclusive healthcare environment and to reduce HIV/AIDS stigma;
  • Foster collaborative relationships between researchers, community-based organizations, people living with HIV/AIDS, policy makers, private sector, public and voluntary sector program administrators and/or clinical and public health practitioners to promote and support the translation of knowledge in target populations to increase the impact of research on policy and practice in elimination of HIV/AIDS health disparities.