Morehouse Research Institute

About the Institute

The Morehouse Research Institute (MRI) is a self-supporting research and service unit at Morehouse College. We also have direct links to the African-American students who make up the Atlanta University Center (AUC).

Established in 1990, the MRI is a national clearinghouse of information about the more than 18 million African-American males in the United States. Our major thrust is research, publications and symposia to address the dearth of scholarship on issues affecting African-American men.

Our general mission is to conduct basic research and develop and manage projects to serve the needs of underserved populations. We also act as a resource for the research and intellectual needs of students, faculty and staff from the AUC. MRI staff represents areas such as sociology, psychology, economics and criminal justice.

The MRI is managing a $1 million per year cooperative agreement with the Office of Minority Health/Department of Health and Human Services. Under this agreement, we have developed the National Minority Male Health Project (NMMHP), a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional collaborative dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles among minority males through a comprehensive program of research, education and service.

The NMMHP consortium capitalizes on the institutional strengths of Morehouse College, Bowie State University, Wilberforce University, Morgan State University, Lincoln University, University of Texas-Pan American, and an extensive network of community partners. It also links several nationally recognized programs and individuals in Atlanta, Dayton/Cincinnati, Chester County, Pennsylvania, and the Baltimore/Washington Corridor, The Southern Texas Mexico border.

Each institution has a strong record of research and practical accomplishment in areas such as health promotion, male reproductive health, family issues, and risky behavior assessment and prevention. The consortium builds on the concept that health promotion, particularly in minority communities, must be community-based and community-focused.