RCHDEE Overview

The RCHDEE was established at UTHSC in April 2013 with the hiring of co-founding directors Paul D. Juarez, PhD and Patricia Matthews-Juarez, PhD. The Center is housed in the Office of the Dean, David Stern, MD providing a campus and statewide focus on health disparities.

Public Health Exposome provides a systems approach designed to capture the totality of one’s exposures across the lifespan from conception to death. This new environmental health research paradigm has the potential of transforming our understanding of the dynamic forces underlying population health and disparities.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer application used for storage, retrieval, mapping, and analysis of geographic data. It allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps and charts.

Community mapping is a tool that uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to generate maps to tell a story about what is happening in our communities.