The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) works to advance understanding of the development and the progression of disease as they contribute to health disparities.  GRAAHI staffs a team of qualified epidemiologist that work in the community to collect, record, and disseminate data beneficial to the improvement of African American Health and wellness.

Why is Research Important?

Research aids in determining the effects of medication and certain treatment procedures on health issues. Current research is also being used to determine best practices for treatment and care for consumers. Low participation from African Americans and other minorities is seen throughout the United States in research studies. African Americans have the highest health disparities yet have one of the lowest participation rates. Best practices for health care in African Americans cannot be determined without their participation.


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