Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center
The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) was established as a research consortium in 2002 with an award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health. Its mission is to generate use-inspired knowledge and interventions on social and cultural determinants of health in partnership with communities of the Southwest to prevent, reduce and eliminate health disparities. The Arizona Board of Regents made it an ABOR Center in 2004 and in 2017, SIRC received one of 12 national Specialized Center of Excellence for Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities awards.
SIRC's research agenda includes adapting, implementing and testing culturally-grounded health behavior interventions for adolescents and their families and works to improve health outcomes and equity for Mexican-American, American Indican, African American and Asian American communities in the Southwest.