The Administrative Core (AC) provides the organizational infrastructure for the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) at the HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer PreventionThe RCMI at the University of Houston (UH) ensures the advancement of the purpose of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities' (NIMHD) U54 of promoting health-equity science in addictions and cancer prevention research. Through a purposeful and streamlined organizational structure, the AC provides the necessary communications, coordination of activities, and evaluation components to integrate stakeholders, policymakers, and community members properly. These efforts facilitate the RCMI at UH's vision and goals to serve as a national hub for eliminating health disparities in addictions and cancer prevention. 

The AC intentionally aligns with the primary purpose of the HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention to complete four specific aims:​

  1. Provide leadership, coordination, and implementation of all administrative and operational processes for managing, supporting, and ensuring timely progress and documentation of RCMI at UH activities.​

  2. Enhance institutional infrastructure and environment to accelerate bold health-equity research in addictions and cancer prevention.​

  3. Accelerate discovery and increase the scientific productivity of scientists underrepresented in the health sciences through increased extramural funding, high-impact peer-reviewed publications, policy briefs, professional presentations, and effective dissemination and implementation activities in the community.​

  4. Deliver career enhancement activities and research opportunities for underrepresented minority (URM) postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors.



Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi

Director/RCMI PI

Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi is a professor in the Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences. His program of research focuses on addictions, health disparities that disproportionately affect the African American community, stress physiology, and cultural predictors of health behaviors and cancer prevention. He is the founder and director of UH’s HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention and also serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education. Dr. Obasi has a history of sustained team science funding from the National Institutes of Health (e.g., R01, R03, R13, R21, P30, U54), Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, and UnitedHealth Foundation where he’s served as the primary or co-investigator. For this RCMI at UH, Dr. Obasi is the Principal Investigator (PI), directs the Administrative Core, and leads the oversight, strategic planning, and synergistic integration of the Cores, Research Projects, Pilot Grants, and supporting Stakeholders.

Ericka Cauthon

Program Director

Dr. Ann Chen

Senior Biostatistician &

Program Evaluator

Mirna Centeno

Senior Graphics Designer

Safiya Friday

Business Administrator

HEALTH Center for Addictions Research & Cancer Prevention

1100 Health 2, 4849 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204

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