Center for Health Equity


Our mission: Working to create an informed, empowered, and activated community that collaborates with researchers and practitioners to improve the health of their populations with the goal of health equity.

Community outreach projects

Somali Youth Tobacco Prevention Project

WellShare InternationalThe Center for Health Equity has been partnering with WellShare International for the past four years with the last year and a half dedicated to promoting tobacco prevention among Somali youth in the Twin Cities as part of the Somali Youth Tobacco Prevention Project. Specifically this project aims to develop culturally tailored tobacco use prevention messaging for Somali youth utilizing social media. The messaging consisted of three videos that were developed by youth in the Young Achievers program at Franklin Library who wrote the scripts for the videos and acted in them. 

Body and Soul Project

Stairstep FoundationThe Center for Health Equity has been working with the Stairstep Foundation to promote healthy living through the Body and Soul program in African American churches in the Twin Cities. The program focused on fruit and vegetable intake among parishioners, while measuring changes in health biometrics such as blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. The Center for Health Equity was directly involved in the implementation of the program by measuring participants’ biometric numbers and offering support to church members looking to improve their health. In addition to the realized health benefits to the community, participants seemed to enjoy the program and the opportunity to interact with each other. 

Center for Health Equity Fall newsletter

Center for Health Equity Fall newsletterThe Fall 2015 Newsletter includes features on the September CTSI poster session, CHE summer scholars, upcoming events, and an interview with 2015 travel award winner and mentor. 

The Power of Partnerships

The Power of PartnershipsOn  Nov. 12th, the Center for Health Equity co-hosted "The Power of Partnerships Poster Session and Awards Dinner." The event featured posters from Community Members as well as University faculty and researchers.