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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.

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

CHETchat Spotlight Series Event

Join us on Friday, June 15th at 11am with Professor Megan Kashner, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Social Impact at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, in a discussion of health equity, social impact, and sustainability. 

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2022 Juneteenth Celebration

Join us as we discuss the Vibrant Legacy of Black Chicago with our fantastic speakers Sherman "Dilla" Thomas and Dr. Mary Pattillo.

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Silence Harms

"We at the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) do not believe in just publishing statements, but silence at this moment, in our opinion, is harmful."

Read our statement from May 18th, 2022 here.

AAPI Leadership in Health Recording Available

The Center for Health Equity Transformation partnered with multiple institutions to host a panel to discuss Asian Pacific American leadership in various healthcare settings.

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CHET 2020-2021 Annual Report

The Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) is proud to present our 2020-2021 Annual Report! The report includes an in-depth look at the various activities and initiatives the Center has been working on throughout this past year. 


Health for All - Real Talk: Clinical Trials

In partnership with Chicago Public Library, the CHET team developed the Health for All website — an online tool to help everyone learn more about clinical trials and preventive services.

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SkinnyTrees "Well Mama" Maternal Health Limited Series

In this limited series of episodes, we have conversations with a variety of experts and community leaders in the field of maternal and child health to discuss how to advance maternal health equity.

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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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