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UH Researcher Examines Health Disparities In Houston

Houston Matters learns about a grant to study health disparities and cultural predictors of health behavior in the African-American community.


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Dr. Ezemenari Obasi wears many hats at the University of Houston. He's associate dean of research at the university's College of Education. He's also the founder and director of the HEALTH Research Institute, which examines addictions and health disparities in Houston communities.

Dr. Obasi's most recent research focuses on obesity and Type 2 diabetes in Houston's Third Ward. The project is funded by a grant, and it provides obesity and diabetes primary prevention services and intervention programs in the Third Ward and, eventually, East End communities. Dr. Obasi says he's working on building a permanent framework so there's support in these communities after the funding runs out.

Houston Matters talks with Dr. Obasi about his research, how he wants to help surrounding Houston communities, and how Hurricane Harvey was both disruptive to his research and also provided an opportunity to collect new data on stress.