Center for Health Equity

Engaging Communities, Eliminating Health Disparities, Advancing Social Justice

Since 2011, the Center for Health Equity (CHE) seeks to understand and ultimately eliminate health inequities in under resourced, vulnerable, and underserved communities and populations, particularly those in Western Pennsylvania. CHE addresses issues attributed to institutional racism, builds strategic partnerships across sectors and communities, acknowledges a social equity in all policies perspective, and the public sector's role in achieving health equity for its' citizenry. 

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Health Equity and COVID-19​

We're working towards an equity-oriented response to the pandemic.

Politics, fear keep some people from disclosing contacts. Maseru talks solutions.

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SPOTLIGHT PA – Contact tracing is crucial to keeping people safe but success relies on cooperation. “The key is building community trust,” said BCHS’s Noble Maseru. “If the people doing this work are known and respected in the community, residents will be more likely to trust that their information is being used for a good purpose.”  

Maseru among experts who say there are lessons to be learned from the coronavirus pandemic

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CBS PITTSBURGH - "We've got to figure out what we can do for [high-poverty communities], education and information wise, so we can at least improve the probability that they can social distance or physical distance within the environment that's challenging for them," said Center for Health Equity Director Noble Maseru. "Let's think about having a much more equity, social justice lens in our decision making that's much more inclusive."   

COVID-19: The Effect on Immigrants and Latinos

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BCHS's Patricia Documet, associate professor and director of the doctoral program in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and director of Latinx research and outreach in the Center for Health Equity discusses with community leaders the effects of the pandemic on Latinos and immigrants. Panelists include Guillermo Perez, president of the local chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and Monica Ruiz, execu... 

"Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings." 

-Nelson Mandela

Reflection to Action - we respond to "Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition

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The Center for Health Equity and Office of Health Sciences Diversity hosted a discussion and reflection to action and engagement in response to the American Public Health Association’s June 9 webinar, “Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition”. BCHS' Noble Maseru gave an overview of the  APHA presentation and invited panelists to give their insight and experience to help shine a spotlight on the intersection of men’s health and racism in honor... 


Maseru on Black History Month in Pittsburgh

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THE PITTSBURGH STUDY - Center for Health Equity Director Noble Maseru asks, "What can we Pittsburghers do to achieve an inclusive and socially equitable city? in the first case, we can express our preference for behavior that reflects our views on social justice in the ballot box - so vote!"  


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... 


Upcoming CHE Events

Event Category
Thu 7/9 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Building a Human Rights Cities Movement Against Structural Racism Center for Health Equity Webinar/Online Event
Building a Human Rights Cities Movement Against Structural Racism
Thu 7/9 4:00PM - 5:30PM



Center for Health Equity
Webinar/Online Event
Fri 7/10 9:00AM - 12:00PM
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Meeting Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Meeting
Fri 7/10 9:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **


** Online/Virtual Event **
Center for Health Equity
Meeting
Fri 7/17 9:00AM - 12:00PM
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session
Fri 7/17 9:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **


** Online/Virtual Event **
Center for Health Equity
Meeting
Fri 7/24 9:00AM - 12:00PM
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session
Fri 7/24 9:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **


** Online/Virtual Event **
Center for Health Equity
Meeting
Fri 7/31 9:00AM - 12:00PM
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session
Fri 7/31 9:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **


** Online/Virtual Event **
Center for Health Equity
Meeting

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Health Equity Spotlight: Kyanna Williams-Pate

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Not all individuals have access to quality health care. That lack of access to universal quality health care is what inspired me to go into the field of public health and health equity. One of my main interests is ensuring that the most vulnerable populations receive health care and bridging the gaps in health disparities. I am very interested in the social determinants of health and how they can all contribute to the health of an individual and...