The American Health Research Institute (AHRI), a public health research entity exists to narrow health disparities in the United States. The institute’s focus is on geo-epidemiologic and racial/ethnic mapping of disease, disabilities, injuries and health-related events, and the utilization of valid and reliable data from such mappings for geographic and racial-specific intervention development and implementation. These mappings are fundamental to the elimination of racial/ethnic variability in mortality outcomes in the pluralistic and multiracial US population. The basis of health disparities elimination revolves around a valid model for health disparities pathogenesis, implying the factors that influence or affect these health disparities—-sex, socioeconomic factors, access and utilization of care, clinico-pathologic covariates, demographics, environment, genetics, and genetic-environment interaction, etc. With the overall purpose of eliminating health disparities, AHRI utilizes signal amplification and risk modeling with respect to spatial, time-spatial, and race stratification in its mappings. Below are the specific research focuses of AHRI:

  • Geo-epidemiologic mapping of childhood cancer
  • Geo-epidemiologic mapping of pediatric blunt trauma
  • Racial/ethnic mapping of hypertension
  • Racial/ethnic mapping of diabetes mellitus
  • Geo-epidemiologic mapping of prostate cancer using SEER-Medicare linked data
  • Pediatric Brain/CNS tumor mapping using SEER data
  • Racial mapping of colorectal cancer screening using National Interview Survey Data
  • Spatial analysis of pediatric thyroid cancer using SEER data
  • Health Disparities mapping in major adult malignancies
  • Geo-epidemiologic mapping of pediatric disabilities
  • Time-spatial and spatial mapping of pediatric injuries
  • Place and disease epidemiologic modeling
  • Geo-epidemiologic mapping of cancer in Texas using State Cancer Registry
  • Signal amplification and risk stratification by geography and race/ethnicity
  • Causal Inference in disease, disabilities and injuries mapping
  • Health policy development and implementation by region