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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CHE's Violence Prevention Initiative announces outreach project, McKeesport Violence Prevention

The Violence Prevention Initiative, led by BCHS's Richard Garland, was awarded funds by the RK Mellon Foundation to launch an outreach project called McKeesport Violence Prevention. “We are hiring four outreach workers who will really be violence interrupters,” said Garland. “Their jobs will be to interrupt the transmission of the disease of violence in the McKeesport area. Our work is about changing the narrative. We feel we can stem the tide o... 

Pitt Public Health and Pittsburgh's Black Equity Coalition

The Black Equity Coalition is a partnership between local physicians, public health professionals, government officials and community funders featuring Pitt Public Health's Dara Mendez, Tiffany Gary-Webb, Richard Garland, and Pitt Health Sciences' Noble Maseru.  

Mendez analysis shows legislation addressing racism as a public health crisis surges but lacks funding

UPMC -  “The fact that these resolutions and declarations garnered enough support to pass in multiple state and local governments is worthy of celebration,” said lead author EPI’s Dara Mendez, interim director of the Center for Health Equity. “Simultaneously, it signals an opportunity to advocate for further action to eliminate racism, which has well-documented negative effects on the health of individuals and communities...  

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"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