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 Event

Grand Rounds Family separations: short and long-term effect on children

Friday 10/11 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Family separations have been a crisis at the U.S. Southern Border. These separations are an adverse childhood event, one that most likley will produce trauma with lifelong consequences. Hear experts and those working in the community share their perspectives, engage in discussion, and answer questions. 

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) and presented by the Center for Health Equity. 

Panelists: Dr. Todd Bear, assistant professor, BCHS, Daniela Garcia, MSW, licensed social worker working as a bilingual therapist in Pittsburgh, Claudia Melendez Ardiles, behavioral therapist for Children's Community Pediatrics, and Dr. Robin Meja (Statistics and Human Rights Program Manager, CMU). 

Event is free and open to all students, community members, faculty and staff.

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Last Updated On Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by McCullough, Caitlin Emily
Created On Thursday, August 29, 2019