Together for CHANGE Initiative

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Together for CHANGE Initiative Launch

On October 18th, partners, distinguished industry leaders, and community members gathered at Meharry Medical College to launch Together for CHANGE and discuss how this initiative will advance health equity goals for people of African ancestry.

Less than 2% of the overall genetic information being studied today originates from people of African ancestry.


of known genetic information studied today originates from people of African Ancestry 


accuracy rate of predicting disease risk based on genetic information for Blacks


of STEM workers in the United States are Black professionals

Bridging the gap between the history we know and the future we'll build.

Our approach to health is new. To drive early impact, we must participate in creating a diverse database that meets the needs of our communities while empowering the next generation of STEM leaders. 

Together for CHANGE Mission

Together for CHANGE aims to close the gap on historical inequities in health, health care, education, and training that have left Black communities underrepresented in health awareness, disease prevention education, and treatment development.

Our Goals

Build sustainable partnerships to support impactful programs in global Black communities. 

Empower Communities on Health and Medical Research Studies

Drive ongoing education efforts to make informed decisions about their health and research protection. 

Deepen Community STEM Education

Early exposure to students K-12 and beyond through STEM pathways to prepare them for advanced careers.

Expand the Genetic Counseling Workforce

Develop the first Joint MMC-HBCU Genetic Counseling Training Program and the first Medical Genetics Fellowship Program at a Historically Black Medical College.

Increase African Genomics Research

Share data and expertise with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Institutions in Africa to create Centers of Excellence in African genomics research.

Diversify Genomics Research and Participation

Create the largest African Ancestry Genomics Resource Linked to Electronic Health Records and Phenotype data. 

Our community deserves better health outcomes.

The Diaspora Human Genomics Institute 

The Diaspora Human Genomics Institute (DHGI) was established with the mission to improve the quality of the human condition and its environment with a particular focus on persons of African ancestry. The DHGI was chartered by Meharry Medical College as a Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation and is the overall governing organization for the Together for CHANGE initiative.

Our Partners

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Get more information on reducing health disparities in the Black community, building STEM pathways, and how you can help bridge the genomics gap for a better understanding of human biology, which could lead to more inclusive therapeutics.