The principal mission of ARSH, the Center for Applied Research on
Substance Use and Health Disparities , is the production,
dissemination, and utilization of scientific knowledge in the areas of
substance abuse, health risk behaviors, and health disparities among
vulnerable populations. Areas of special interest include:
The etiology, patterns and consequences, and prevention and
treatment of drug and alcohol abuse;
The epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted
infections, and the prevention of such infections among highly
The prevalence and patterns of health disparities among affected
subpopulations, and the development and testing of new
approaches to intervention.
ARSH is part of the Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health
and Justice located in the Division of Applied Interdisciplinary
Studies. The Center is headed by Drs. Steven P. Kurtz (Ph.D.,
Sociology from Florida International University) and Hilary L.
Surratt (Ph.D. Psychology from the City University of New York). In
addition to the central research office in Coral Gables, Florida, ARSH
maintains two field offices that house the day-to-day operations of
extramurally funded grants -- one in Miami Beach, and one in Wilton
Manors (a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale).