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)

Upcoming CHE Events

Center for Health Equity Meeting

Emerging Latinx Communities Reading and Publishing Group

Friday 2/14 10:30AM - 11:30AM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

The Emerging Latinx Communities Reading and Publishing Group is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members interested in learning about the growing Latino community, its challenges, and explore how to solve those challenges.  This month's meeting will focus on an article by Corona, R, Velazquez, et. al., Ethnic labels, pride, and challenges: A qualitative study of Latinx youth living in a new Latinx destination community. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 2017, 4(1): 1-13.

As always, you can arrive 30 minutes prior and stay 30 minutes after the meeting time for networking (10am-12pm).  Coffee and light snacks provided; no rsvp required.  

For more information, contact BCHS Associate Professor Dr. Patricia Documet at

Last Updated On Monday, February 10, 2020 by Bray, Lora Ann
Created On Monday, February 10, 2020