Mission and Overview
The Cork Institute on Alcohol and Other Addictive Disorders was established in Fall 1985 at Morehouse School of Medicine, with an endowment from the Joan B. Kroc Foundation. In line with the medical school's mission, the institute works to recruit and train minority and other students as physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals committed to the health-care needs of the underserved.
Specifically, the institute has the mission of serving as a leader in the areas of professional education about substance abuse and addiction among African-American and underserved populations. The institute seeks to address mental health disparities and promote the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The institute is based in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Substance Abuse and Mental Health (HBCU-CFE) Through a Cooperative Agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Cork Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine has established the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Substance Abuse and Mental Health (HBCU-CFE). The HBCU-CFE serves as a unique resource center designed to facilitate, develop, implement and promote strategies and opportunities for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
- Hazelden Initiative Morehouse School of Medicine's Psychiatry and Pediatric Residents participate in Hazelden's Physicians in Residence Training Program. The program offers five days of intensive training at Hazelden. Addiction specialists from both primary care and psychiatry provide daily facilitation of the program.
The Institute is dedicated to developing and housing educational material relevant to the treatment and prevention of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders specifically for African Americans, while inclusive of other populations.