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Global Alliance for Healthier Populations


The Minority AIDS Research Center (MARC) seeks to remove HIV/AIDS-related disparities and inequities among minority populations around the globe while simultaneously demonstrating research and teaching excellence through access and educational opportunity to the people of the El Paso region and beyond.

Our Mission

We provide sustainable education in basic and applied health sciences in combination with translational and clinical research leading to behavioral and technological innovation that directly leads to better graduating health practitioners and biomedical professionals while simultaneously reducing HIV/AIDS-related disparities and inequities among minority populations.









Our Programs


Healthy Mind, Healthy Life

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) among Mexican and Native American men and women from the ages of 18 and older who live in El Paso.

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Mujer Saludable, Familia Feliz

Dedicated to the reduction of HIV risk in El Paso County. We provide free health screenings and referrals to treatment services.

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Coordinated Community Response

Promoting campus safety through a Community Coordinated Response for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Download our Bluelight Campus Safety app!

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Mental Health Awareness Training

Enhancing the capacity of high-risk Hispanic communities in the El Paso to respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly Serious Mental Illness and/or Serious Emotional Disturbance.

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Healthy Miner

Empowering UTEP students to make well-informed decisions about their sexual health and well being, along with promoting a healthy campus culture.

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Por Mi Familia

Reducing the disastrous and continuous impact of violence, trauma, and resulting substance abuse use and co-occurring mental disorders for minority pregnant and post-partum women.

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Our Impact