Affiliated Research Centers


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.


FIU-BRIDGE is a multidisciplinary prevention research institute devoted to the design, implementation and evaluation of community-based prevention and brief intervention strategies for reducing risk behavior problems and enhancing well-being among youth. The group’s research and applied endeavors have focused on school- and community-based health promotion, particularly among individuals at-risk for alcohol or substance use problems, sexually transmitted infections and antisocial behavior. Dr. Eric F. Wagner, professor in the School of Social Work at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, is the director of this research affiliate.


With a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), an interdisciplinary team of 35 researchers from FIU-BRIDGE, Stempel College, FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s NeighborhoodHELP Program, the Center for Children and Families and the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education are creating a Health Disparities Research Center at a Minority Institution (RCMI) to reduce substance use problems and HIV through culturally responsive partnerships with South Florida communities.

Global Health Consortium

The Global Health Consortium (GHC) at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and 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 is supported by major organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Carlos Slim Foundation.