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.

 

Mission

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)

Upcoming CHE Events

Event Category
Tue 4/7 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Canceled Oakland Free Food Spot Center for Health Equity Event
Canceled Oakland Free Food Spot
Tue 4/7 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Pittsburgh, PA


Pittsburgh, PA
Center for Health Equity
Event
Fri 4/10 11:00AM - 3:00PM
CANCELED Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay) Center for Health Equity Event
CANCELED Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay)
Fri 4/10 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Pittsburgh, PA

This event has been postponed until further notice...Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay) is the University of Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity's health promotion and disease prevention initiative in partnership with African American-owned and -operated barbershops in several Pittsburgh communities. Health professionals (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, nutritionists, health science students), public health educators, and health organizations volunteer their time to provide screening services and health education in the barbershops.TADay takes place in April in recognition of National Minority Health Month.


Pittsburgh, PA
Center for Health Equity
Event

Mendez on addressing Pittsburgh's public health crisis: racism

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90.5 WESA - The report brought attention to issues that already existed, says EPI's Dara Mendez. She made recommendations to Pittsburgh City Council at a hearing earlier this month about how to frame legislation passed Tuesday. To address these inequalities correctly, Mendez says that the women who are currently working on racism as a public health crisis need to be centered in the reporting of the issues and in finding the solutions. She adds t... 

Mendez addresses contributing factors to the racial inequalities in pregnancy, birth, and women's health

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NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER - The CDC also found that about 3 out of 5 pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths are preventable. The work of Dara Mendez examines how the environment, policies, and systems affect pregnancy outcomes. "If we’re trying to center the experiences of the most marginalized, then they also need to be at the forefront of research." Practitioners, researchers, community members and organizers need to review the data and understa... 

Maseru and Mendez agree that racism as a public health crisis should be focus of city council meetings

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Noble A-W Maseru of BCHS and director of the Center for Health Equity, noted the life expectancy difference between mostly white Highland Park (84 years) and nearby, mostly black Larimer (62 years). Dara D. Mendez, EPI, added that racism weathers the body, accelerating aging, and sapping the strength of society through a waste of community resources. Likely coming later this month: votes on a trio of bills that would de...