Mission and Vision


Connecticut General Statutes Sections 10a-109b (2011): The UConn Health Center and John Dempsey Hospital are to advance health care, education, and economic development in the state by supporting the development of a health disparities institute sponsored by the University of Connecticut that will enhance research and the delivery of care to minority and medically underserved populations of the state.


Everyone in Connecticut will have an opportunity to enjoy good health and well-being.


To reduce disparities by turning ideas shown to work into policies and actions.

  • HDI will establish UConn Health as a leader in health equity by creating a collaborative environment that brings together different perspectives to look at root causes and potential solutions to health disparities.
  • The Institute’s work features community based participatory research methods, interdisciplinary collaboration models, and university-community partnership approaches with a translational impact on health outcomes.