Vanderbilt Launches Center for Research on Inequality and Health

The center brings together deep scholarly strengths in population health science; LGBTQ+ health policy; gun violence; and economic and social inequality—and explores how they impact health.


On September 6, 2023, Vanderbilt University announced the creation of the Vanderbilt Center for Research on Inequality and Health, a trans-institutional collaboration of the College of Arts and Science and the School of Nursing. The center will convene leading Vanderbilt researchers with deep expertise in economic and social inequality, population health science, LGBTQ+ health policy and gun violence to explore the health impacts of these interrelated areas of study.

Led by international subject matter experts, the center’s scholarship will deepen society’s understanding of the causes of health-related inequalities, how they intersect and how they affect population health. The center’s research will inform potential solutions to these challenges through advocacy, intervention and public policy. The center is part of Discovery Vanderbilt, an initiative of the Office of the Provost and one of three pathways in the university’s Dare to Grow campaign to support and extend the resources underpinning Vanderbilt’s most innovative research and education.

“It’s so exciting to support this center’s launch as part of Discovery Vanderbilt,” Provost C. Cybele Raver said. “This represents a bold step forward in our unwavering commitment to addressing crucial societal issues through collaborative research and interdisciplinary exploration.”

The Center for Research on Inequality and Health will be led by Christopher “Kitt” Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram University Distinguished Professor of Economics and Health Policy. Tara McKay, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, and Shelagh Mulvaney, associate professor of nursing and biomedical informatics, will serve as associate directors. The center will be in expanded, renovated space on the third floor of Buttrick Hall, in the center of Vanderbilt’s historic core, allowing for even more collaboration and interdisciplinary exploration.

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