Partners for Justice in Health
Dr. Jane W. Peterson, Director Emerita
The Center for Vulnerable Populations is a multidisciplinary community of scholars committed to building the capacity to promote health in vulnerable populations through research, advocacy, teaching, and management of health and health problems. The underlying values of the Center are intellectual integrity, social justice and service to others.
The overall goal of the Center is to promote health parity locally and globally through research, scholarship, and service. More specific goals are to:
The framework guiding the work of the Center for Vulnerable Populations is the Ecological Model used by the Institute of Medicine:
“The ecological model is a framework for action and an understanding of the forces that impact on health, a model of health that emphasizes the linkages and relationships among multiple determinants affecting health. Such an ecological model, the committee believes, is key to effectively addressing the challenges of the 21st century.”