The Cobb Institute explores, evaluates, and assesses many facets of health, clinical practice, health care, public health, and biomedical research with the aim of informing the health disparities research landscape. Our prominent Faculty and Staff regularly conduct in-depth research and policy analysis while maintaining Collaborative Partnerships that can facilitate the implementation of evidence-based solutions for racial and ethnic disparities in health and healthcare.


Health disparities research should proactively seek to be inclusive of linked lives, contexts, and systems that impact health across the lifespan. The Cobb Institute designs, implements, and evaluates large-scale multi-year field research, as in the case of Medicare Part D study in the Mississippi Delta. The Cobb Institute also conducts analyses of current and proposed policies and convenes roundtable discussions with nationally recognized experts and frontline practitioners to help inform future directions in health disparities research. 


To inform policy and practice, it is critical to develop tailored communication for researchers, policy-makers, health practitioners and other key stakeholders. The Cobb Institute endeavors to provide clear findings to these audiences through a peer-reviewed journal and other dissemination tools.


The research undertaken by the Cobb Institute is made possible through on-going collaborations with academic institutions, local and federal agencies, and communities. Our various partners facilitate our research and inform our methodology and approaches to specific projects. In turn, we invest in our unique partners through a variety of mechanisms, including symposia, continuing medical education (CME), as well as technical assistance and training opportunities.