The Georgia State University Center of Excellence (CoEx): Syndemics of Disparity uses cross-cutting knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration to address the environmental, psychological and social determinants of health. The CoEx consists of four cores and three research projects. The overall purpose is to conduct research on the risk factors that amplify adverse health in disease-burdened communities.
A major goal of the CoEx aims to recruit and cultivate graduate students to become researchers and professionals with the requisite training to contribute to the reduction of health disparities. Since the Fall of 2011 there have been two cohorts of Fellows selected for a two-year appointment in health disparities research. In total 10 students have had an opportunity to participate in the fellowship. Fellows received training, mentoring, a stipend, and educational experiences related to public health research and health disparities. Each fellow worked with a faculty mentor as valuable contributors to research in the reduction of health disparities. In addition to practical work experience as research assistants, required coursework, and regularly scheduled events, Fellows completed an individual product of scientific value, relevant to health disparities. Currently there are no Fellowship opportunities available for the 2015-2016 academic year.