Dr. Lorraine Walker, Dean Alexa Stuifbergen and Dr. King Davis

Mission & Aims


The mission of the St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations is to improve the health of underserved people through applied research.


  • Maintain and enhance the St. David’s CHPR within the School of Nursing.
  • Improve the health of underserved people through theory driven, efficient and culturally competent health promotion/disease prevention research based interventions.
  • Develop and refine interventions and analytic methods along the continuum of health promotion/disease prevention to meet the needs of underserved populations.
  • Expand interdisciplinary investigative teams studying health promotion and/or disease prevention.
  • Disseminate and translate methods and findings on health promotion and disease prevention in underserved populations to scientists, clinicians, policymakers and consumers.
  • Explore the application of emerging technologies to promote health and decrease health disparities in underserved populations.

Background Information

  • Healthy People 2010’s second goal of eliminating health disparities focuses on six demographic characteristics where health disparities are identified: gender; race and ethnicity; income and education; disability; geographic location; and sexual orientation.
  • The National Institutes of Nursing Research (NINR) came into being as a result of federal studies recognizing that nursing research was relevant to the mission of the National Institute of Health (NIH).
  • The CHPR was one of 10 core centers with a P30 grant from NINR/NIH; others are located at Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, and University of Washington, among others.
  • Estimates in 2004 were that almost 25% of the population in Texas was uninsured.