Health Disparities

We conduct patient-centered outcomes research and implement our findings in community settings, reducing health disparities among high-risk groups.

Working with clinical and community partners, our department translates research into health care delivery transformation. In the process, we improve outcomes for people subject to health disparities — namely, racial and ethnic minorities, rural and poor populations, and individuals with complex, comorbid conditions.

Through our research, we have established Patient Action Teams, peer support groups whose members convey educational messages to their community and their primary care medical homes.

We emphasize shared leadership with our Patient Action Teams. Our common goals are to:

  • develop systems of care
  • train health professionals
  • increase preventive screenings
  • design interventions to improve self-management

Research Projects

No current funded projects with this as the primary focus area.

Research Centers/Partners

  • Upstate New York Practice Based Research Network
    9/18/18

    Director: Ranjit Singh, MB BChir, MBA (Interim)

    Investigates questions related to community-based primary care practice. Aims to improve patient care by translating research into practice and by involving practices in research.

  • 10/1/14

    A network of patient teams from largely disadvantaged neighborhoods that partner with the Primary Care Research Institute to help shape medical practice design, research and quality-improvement initiatives.

Faculty

  • Griswold, Kim Strong

    Kim Strong Griswold, MD, MPH, RN, FAAFP

    Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Public Health and the Health Professions

    UB Downtown Gateway, Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Research Institute, 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220U Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 816-7248

    Email: griswol@buffalo.edu

  • Kahn, Linda

    Linda Kahn, PhD

    Professor, Primary Care Research Institute

    UB Downtown Gateway, Department of Family Medicine, 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220D Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 816-7254; Fax: (716) 845-6899

    Email: lskahn@buffalo.edu

  • Tumiel Berhalter, Laurene

    Laurene Tumiel Berhalter, PhD

    Director of Community Translational Research

    UB Downtown Gateway, Department of Family Medicine, 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220N Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: 716-816-7278; Fax: 716-845-6899

    Email: tumiel@buffalo.edu