The Center for Health Equity (CHE), established in 2009, is an NIH designated Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities supported by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (1P60MD003422).
Directed by Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH, the Center for Health Equity is a part of a network of more than 20 centers that focus on the elimination of disparities with the goal of achieving equity. In 2012, CHE center integrated into the NIH CTSA funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), strengthening the University’s efforts to promote health equity in Minnesota.
The Center is comprised of four cores:
The primary aims of the Administrative Core are to coordinate the Research Training, Community Engagement, and Research Cores, and at a high level, the two Research Projects, manage operations, coordinate disparities activities across the University, promote the Center’s activities, organize and staff annual strategic retreats of Center leadership and members, recruit and retain minority faculty and faculty conducting health disparities and minority health research, facilitate communication, and conduct evaluation activities of the Center.
Research Training and Education Core
The specific aims of the Research Training and Education Core are to develop a new partnership with the Minnesota Future Doctors Program to select four of their highly talented students to engage in a pre-M.D./Ph.D. research training experience, develop a new partnership with the Office of Clinical Research Summer Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical and Translational Research to include highly talented health profession students for a health disparities research training experience, develop a cultural competency curriculum for medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and provide qualified investigators with the experience of preparing grant applications.
Community Engagement Core
The primary aims of the Community Engagement Core are to establish a community-academic partnership that will provide a unifying and transformative organizational framework for improving minority health in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and to engage community partners from the local African American and African immigrant (Somali) communities in the dissemination of interventions to promote fruit and vegetable consumption and reduce tobacco use.
The specific aims of the Research Core are to oversee the two primary research projects proposed for our Center, facilitate the development of innovative new research projects for external funding that address minority health concerns and health disparities, develop a collaborative and integrative approach for health disparities and minority health research, and disseminate research findings to the academic community, community groups, health care providers and policy makers.