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Our Mission

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.
Black Hisry Mnh Panel

Black History Month Panel

The Center for Health Equity Transformation celebrate and educate the community on Black History Month!

Berflies Bk Signing

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:

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Nrhwesern Careers

Northwestern Careers

We are actively seeking candidates interested in joining the Center for Health Equity Transformation. Please visit the links below to browse our job openings or visit Northwestern University Careers and search for “Center for Health Equity Transformation”. 

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Northwestern receives $16 million grant to support faculty recruitment and equity

"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

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Addressing Cancer Dispariies in Chicag

Addressing Cancer Disparities in Chicago

Dr. Melissa Simon discusses promoting health and wellness for all through her work with the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC).

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Our Research

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.

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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!

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The Center for Health Equity Transformation is a joint center between
the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

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