MCDTR Addressing Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health Core

The Addressing Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health Core will catalyze state-of-the-art approaches to address socio-ecological, economic, and behavioral determinants of health to eliminate inequities in diabetes prevention and treatment. The Core will support Center investigators and trainees with measuring and intervening on social and behavioral determinants of health among diverse patient populations in a range of community and health care settings. This Core will have a particular focus on developing novel interventions that screen for and modify social determinants of health (SDOHs), leverage cutting edge insights from behavioral economics and other behavioral science frameworks, support culturally competent behavior change among diverse patient populations, and address the health consequences of individual, interpersonal, and structural racism.

The Specific Aims of the Addressing Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health Core are:

Aim 1. Support state-of-the-art translational research to address socio-ecological, economic, and behavioral determinants of health in order to eliminate inequities in diabetes prevention and treatment.

Aim 2. Integrate rigorous measurement of socio-ecological, economic, and behavioral determinants of health into translational diabetes research.

Aim 3. Catalyze new collaborations to address socio-ecological, economic, and behavioral determinants of health in translational diabetes research.

Aim 4. Develop early career investigators who will measure and target socio-ecological, economic, and behavioral determinants of health in translational diabetes research.

Key Personnel

Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH

Co-Core Director

Minal Patel, PhD

Co-Core Director

Enrique Neblett, PhD

Co-Investigator

Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH

Co-Investigator

Amy Schulz, PhD, MPH

Co-Investigator

Shantel Moore

Research Area Specialist