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The VSU Public Health Institute (VSUPHI) will become the vanguard at VSU for addressing health disparities within underserved groups through outreach, academic endeavors, public health workforce development and research agendas in preparation of public health professionals for the future. 


VSUPHI will be a resource to marginalized communities and will seek to improve public health outcomes through research, education, and outreach.   

The VSUPHI will address the public health deficiencies in the immediate Central Virginia area and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia in underserved communities where there is a significant need.   

The VSUPHI seeks to support underserved communities with focus on African Americans, lower-income populations, rural communities, and overall racial inequality. There are multiple factors that contribute to the health care disparities with people of color and lower income populations including access to care, quality of care, availability of healthy foods, air/water quality, community safety, education, and economic insecurity. The interdisciplinary training approach with VSUPHI will also confront these multi-faceted socio-economic issues. And, as a result, generate evidence-based policy and administrative strategies for improving health and well-being in marginalized communities. 

Fact Sheet

Public Health Forum

Our Inaugural Public Health Forum will create an exchange between community partners to address health disparities within underserved groups. The event provides participants with necessary tools to develop and sustain community-university partnerships to improve health outcomes. This platform offers an opportunity to collectively promote more equitable access to healthcare and resources through panel discussions, keynote speakers, and information sessions.

Public Health Institute Forum Agenda

  1. To serve the community and produce public health professionals that can participate in research and influence public policy
  2. To provide local, regional, and global outreach through strategic partnerships and collaborations, i.e., Central State Hospital – VSU Mobile Health Units currently
  3. To develop and increase funding in PH/related areas
  4. To organize and facilitate an annual and nationally recognized Public Health Forum to include Thought Leadership, Policy and Strategy Discussions, Leadership Topics and Student Engagement

VSUPHI Resources

VSUPHI Steering Committee

VSUPHI Steering Committee

Current VSU Participants on the Steering Committee.

The VSUPHI will address the public health deficiencies in the immediate Central Virginia area and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia in underserved communities where there is a significant need.  

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VSUPHI Advisory Committee

VSUPHI Advisory Committee

Current VSU Advisory Committee

The VSUPHI seeks to support underserved communities with focus on African Americans, lower-income populations, rural communities, and overall racial inequality.

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