• Health equity research examines the health and healthcare of underserved populations, looking at 1) causes of health disparities, 2) development and evaluation of interventions to eliminate inequities, and 3) dissemination and translation of successful interventions and innovations.
  • The unequal distribution of power, income, goods, and services, the consequent unfairness in the circumstances of peoples lives – their access to health care, education, their homes,
  • The process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people related by geography, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people”. The goals of community engagement are to build trust, enlist new resources and allies, create better communication, and improve overall health outcomes.
  • A "collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the process & recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to the community, has the aim of combining knowledge with action and achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities." WK Kellogg Foundation Community Health Scholars Program

What We Do?

The Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) brings together collaborative, multidisciplinary teams of scholars and community members to improve health in underserved communities through a shared commitment to health equity, innovation, and translational research.



  • Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Faculty Mentoring Award by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council

  • Dr. Tiarney Ritchwood Awarded Visiting Fellow at the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) at Yale University

  • Dr. Dana Carthron was accepted to the RWJF New Connections Eighth Annual Symposium

  • Cheryl Giscombe recognized for the fifth class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar

  • CHER Faculty- Wizdom Powell-Hammond, PhD. awarded the 2014-2016 Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program



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