In 2011, leadership of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 15% Set-A-Side Committee implemented the vision of a facility that would house information and best practices regarding the impact of tobacco and addictions within minority communities. This effort became the Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions, a clearinghouse for research on tobacco and other substance abuse, especially in regard to minority communities (Blacks, Hispanics, Marshall Islanders, and Asians).
“There is a plethora of tobacco and addiction-related disparities that continue to plague ethnic and racial minorities in comparison to the U.S. population as a whole,” says Dr. Valandra German, Director of the Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions. “This research symposium provides a unique forum for public health professionals, scientists, community leaders, and policy makers to share best practices to address these disparities.”
For more information on the National Minority Research Symposium on Tobacco and Addictions or the Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions, visit http://www.minorityresearchcenter.org or call 870.730.1137.
The Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions is funded by the Arkansas Department of Health through Master Tobacco Settlement funds.