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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. Within three years, the center received funding from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, which established the center as a national Exploratory Center of Excellence on minority health and health disparities.

The SIRC conducts transdisciplinary research, training and community outreach, targeting health disparities in drug abuse, mental health, public policy, and HIV/AIDS. The center's teams focus on health disparities research among Mexican American, American Indian, African American and Asian American populations of the U.S. Southwest. The team produces and disseminates research to reduce, eliminate or prevent health disparities in partnership with Southwestern communities and international collaborators.