To lift health for all by exposing root causes of health inequities and serving as a hub that pushes boundaries in research, education, workforce development, and community engagement.
How We Define Health Equity
Health equity is the prioritization of historically marginalized and disenfranchised groups in order to extend and provide the fair and just opportunity for access and use of quality health and non-health social services (e.g. housing, education, etc.) that are usually given to privileged persons without discrimination, racism, and additional undue burdens that create and sustain obstacles to health.
The Center for Health Equity Transformation and the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and Cancer on World AIDS Day!
Butterflies Book Signing
Survivorship, Tenacity, Resilience, Joy, and Pain in the Sisterhood of Hope that is the Butterflies! RSVP for the Book Signing event on January 16, 2024 below:
"I am excited for the opportunity to lead substantive change in the institution with how we recruit, hire, onboard, support and retain diverse faculty,” said Dr. Melissa Simon, the director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, and the project leader for the grant. Read More
The center is unique in its ability to draw on the resources and multidisciplinary expertise of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center to foster change. Explore our Research section to learn about our scientific priorities and accomplishments.
What We Do
Welcome back! SkinnyTrees is happy to return with its second season. In this first episode of season two we bring back Dr. Melissa Simon to discuss what we have been up to since you last heard from us. Dr. Simon introduces an exciting new center launched this year -- the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET). She explains the work this center aims to do and how it is taking a different approach. Dr. Simon stresses why health equity is important and required to lift health for all. We review a few key terms that might be helpful in future episodes and understanding the work we want to highlight along the way. Stay tuned for the next episode with the former Commissioner of the Department of Public Health -- Dr. Julie Morita!