Enough about me…

This blog is written by M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A., a founding member and current Director of the University of Virginia Center on Health Disparities (CHD).  Dr. Oliver, is the Walter M. Seward Professor and Chair of the University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine, with joint appointments in the UVA departments of Public Health Sciences and Anthropology. He has extensive experience in the area of racial and ethnic disparities in health, particularly in cancer health.  His research focus is on the social determinants of racial and ethnic health disparities, using geographic information systems technology and spatial analysis. His most recent research projects involve investigating the role of implicit racial bias in the delivery of health care.

CHD faculty conduct research on racial and ethnic health disparities, and the Center hosts educational seminars and conferences. These symposia bring together Charlottesville community members, health advocates, and academic physicians and other health care providers to discuss the racial implications of today’s health crisis.

The CHD conducts its work based on the following principles:


We seek to improve the health of Virginia╒s minority and other medically underserved populations through research, education, and developing models of innovative service delivery.


In collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations and as individual investigators, we conduct research to better understand the health challenges facing minority and other underserved communities.  Together, we design programs to meet these challenges and evaluate their effectiveness.  We educate and train ourselves, and others, to be health policy leaders who understand the causes of health inequities and are dedicated to the effort to eliminate them.


1. To identify disparities in health care delivery, access, and outcomes where intervention will have the greatest impact.

2. Conduct original research into how biological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental processes interact to cause these disparities.

3. Use the knowledge gained to develop evidence-based interventions that improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities.

4. Utilize a wide range of reporting and advocacy mechanisms to extend the impact of research and interventions.

5. Train leaders in health advocacy, focusing specifically on measures that eliminate health disparities.

Update: October 18th, 2015