• 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,
  • 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




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In a time of rapidly changing healthcare reform, how can improved legislation enhance patient confidentiality? Can insurers maintain confidentiality for dependents (i.e. adolescents and young adults) remaining under their parent’s plan? While the law provides protection for...

Collective Action to End Health Disparities

Is tackling health disparities a pressing health and human rights concern? Aside from the moral imperative to provide people the opportunity to reach their full potential for health, why is health equity so important? At a conference I attended in June, Dr. Jim Kim, president of...