Center for Health Equity

Engaging Communities
Eliminating Health Disparities
Advancing Social Justice

About Us

On December 15, 2011, the Graduate School of Public Health and the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences established the Center for Health Equity (CHE), which aims to understand and reduce health disparities in underserved populations, particularly those in Western Pennsylvania. CHE engages the community in efforts to reduce the major causes of excess mortality among disadvantaged populations in the region, such as infant mortality; community violence; and cardiovascular health, with the ultimate goal of reducing excess mortality in the southwestern Pennsylvania region.



The Center for Health Equity focuses on excess premature mortality (deaths before age 65) in populations experiencing health inequities with four major aims:

  1. To gain a further understanding of the causes of health inequities with a focus on Western Pennsylvania and, more specifically, Allegheny County
  2. To develop, implement, and evaluate interventions designed to reduce those inequities
  3. To provide capacity-building services to community organizations in our region
  4. To disseminate findings and experiences through the CHE website, conferences, and peer-reviewed publications.

“There is something better than science … That is science with a moral compass, science that contributes to social equity, science in the service of humanity.”

William Foege
Former Director of CDC
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
(from an address at the University of Washington on 8 March, 2006)

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Upcoming CHE Events

Center for Health Equity Lecture

Grand Rounds Engaging "Hard-to-Reach" Communities in Research through Community Resident Research Teams

Friday 9/20 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), the Center for Health Equity (CHE) invites all students, faculty, staff, and community members to this lecture on engaging "hard-to-reach" populations.  Lecturers include: Dr. Lisa Vaughn, Professor of Pediatrics at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine/Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is formally trained as a social psychologist and widely published in CBPR, community engagement, qualitative research methodologies, and social determinants of health and well-being specifically with minority and immigrant families and vulnerable youth.  And, Dr. Farrah Jacquez, Professor and Assistant Head of the Psychology Department at the University of Cincinnati.  Her work focuses on community-engaged approaches to health equity and broadening participation in science and research. 

Last Updated On Thursday, August 29, 2019 by Bray, Lora Ann
Created On Thursday, August 29, 2019