The interdisciplinary and community-based research and training techniques established by CRUSADA shed light on the underlying individual, family and community factors that influence the lives of these vulnerable populations over time, including chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity.
Together, the University of Miami (UM) and Florida International University (FIU) received $6.8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a newly-funded Center for Latino Health Research Opportunities (CLaRO). The award comes from NIH’s National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) under its Specialized Centers for Health Disparities Research program. This award is the culmination and recognition of the successful 10-year collaboration of two NIMHD Centers of Excellence at UM and FIU: The Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research/El Centro at the UM School of Nursing and Health Studies and CRUSADA at FIU’s Stempel College.
The FIU-Community-Based Research Institute (CBRI) is a multidisciplinary research center devoted to reducing risk behaviors and promoting health and wellness across the lifespan. CBRI’s applied research approach brings together expert researchers and clinicians with over two decades of experience engaging in meaningful university-community partnerships and program evaluations. Our mission is to promote health equity for all. CBRI conducts rigorous, innovative clinical research on the prevention and treatment of HIV and substance use and mental health problems. We also conduct state-of-the-art, community-partnered evaluation research focused on health promotion and positive youth development. CBRI emphasizes a biopsychosocial, mixed methods (i.e., both quantitative and qualitative) research approach. The CBRI team works in partnership with underserved communities in order to ensure the developmental, cultural, and linguistic appropriateness of our clinical and evaluation research.
The Research Center in Minority Institutions at Miami-Dade’s Florida International University (FIU-RCMI) is supported by the largest NIH award in the history of FIU -- a $13.1 million grant and $2.9+ million in COVID-19 administrative supplemental awards from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Since 2017, the FIU-RCMI has been devoted to developing and sustaining a national, clinical, and behavioral research program addressing health inequities and disparities primarily associated with HIV and substance use problems. The FIU-RCMI is affiliated with over 60 faculty investigators spanning 5 colleges and 23 departments at FIU. The center has provided extensive research support and training for early-stage investigators (ESIs) and partnered with underserved communities to develop and conduct research combating health disparities.
The Center for Statistical Consulting and Collaboration (FIU-STATCONSULT) has the mission to enhance FIU’s research enterprise by providing infrastructure support relevant to biostatistics, bioinformatics, data science, data management and data quality enhancement. It supports faculty investigators, research staff and graduate students for grant proposal preparation, study and experimental design concepts, data collection, data management, statistical analyses, study operations, report and manuscript preparation and beyond. It is integrated both in terms of drawing on expertise from and providing support to investigators within and outside of FIU.
Global Health Consortium
The Global Health Consortium (GHC) at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work is an accelerator program for public health interventions. GHC’s top priorities—universal health, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, health and the environment and health security—include acute problems affecting large populations around the world. The GHC has technical and scientific collaborative partnerships with organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).