The mission of the HORIZON Center is to improve minority health and promote health equity through research, research training, and community engagement.


Scientists, educators, and community members in the Center work toward the goals signified by our name: Healthy Options, Research, Interventions, and Community Organizing. We conduct health disparities research, offer research training, with an emphasis in community based participatory research, to faculty, students, and community stakeholders, and foster academic-community partnerships with the aim of solving health disparity problems.


The Center is organized around the core functional areas of research, research training, community engagement, and administration. The cores provide vehicles for Center-wide support of faculty, community partners, staff, and students and house specific projects and programs. The administrative core serves to integrate and coordinate Center activities across functional areas.  The Center and administrative core director works with staff and a leadership team that includes faculty with specific responsibilities in the core areas, the directors of major projects, and faculty and administrative advisors.