INTRODUCTION TO THE RESEARCH GROUP ON DISPARITIES IN HEALTH (RGDH)
The Research Group on Disparities in Health (RGDH) was founded in January 2003 within the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. The RGDH embraces a mission consistent with that of Teachers College (TC): closing the disparities and inequities gaps in education, as reflected on the TC web homepage statement, “Educational equity – a moral imperative of the 21st century.”
Indeed, the educational and health gaps are also closely intertwined, suggesting the importance of efforts to address both the education and health domains in an effort to achieve equity. By specifically focusing on closing the disparities and inequities gaps in health, the RGDH spearheads culturally appropriate research projects, innovations in intervention/practice, and scholarship that establish the parameters of a new burgeoning field of health disparity reduction—as a necessary step for the elimination of health disparities.