The Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities is dedicated to the reduction, and ultimate elimination, of health disparities through community engagement.

Established in 2014, the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute is focused on addressing the social determinants of health, specifically: food insecurity, education, and child safety; each of which is a salient issue in Mississippi. In 2016, the Evers-Williams Institute formed an official partnership with Mississippi State University to broaden the geographic presence of the Institute and to collaborate to achieve health equity.


To create lasting solutions to eliminate health disparities in Mississippi.


To promote and deliver high-quality, community-based research and education to reduce and eliminate health disparities in Mississippi through:

  •     comprehensively addressing the social determinants of health;
  •     providing family- and community-based programs and services;
  •     rigorous and comprehensive training and mentoring of students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty committed to health disparities research; and
  •     the creation of sustainable and mutually beneficial community-based partnerships.

The Evers-Williams Institute includes the Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Policy (C-HAREP). C-HAREP is a transdisciplinary collaborative effort focusing on reducing, and ultimately eliminating, disparities in HIV/AIDS incidence, morbidity and mortality through research and education addressing the determinants of disparity as well as interventions and policies designed to eliminate them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014), “health disparities are differences in incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, or survival rates compared to the health status of the general population.”

For more information and for a full report on health disparities, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

For more information about the Institute, visit their website.