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Director’s Message

Our goal with CHET is to be agile, adaptable and well-positioned to address health inequities in all sectors and to serve as a learning research, education and training hub, whereby we can push the boundaries and innovate to improve human health.”

Director, Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH

Melissa Simon

Welcome to our center. The Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) is about moving beyond a single story in achieving and maintaining health and healthcare delivery. We look forward to working with you to achieve such an important goal.

There are many pathways and supports needed along diverse pathways to achieve and maintain health globally. This center serves as a hub within IPHAM and Lurie Cancer Center to convene, incubate, create and catalyze innovative clinical care approaches, research, education and training that will optimize health for all. This requires acknowledgement that health is a human right and that current structures, pathways and opportunities to achieve health and to enter the healthcare workforce are not created in such a way that advantage all people and populations. 

We seek to transform the architecture of health, healthcare delivery, training and education to more evenly distribute such opportunities. We will leverage the world-class talent from within Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University and connect it with the world-class talent from communities across Chicago to catalyze and support research and programs that will create action that impacts health in a positive, sustained way, with a special emphasis on giving voice and opportunity to disenfranchised populations. 

Our Core Belief

Health touches all sectors of society, and health is inextricably linked to such important domains as education, housing, employment, economic resilience of a household and family and geographic location. Health impacts the overall ability of a human to thrive in society. True population health will not be achieved without health equity at its core, and we are committed to the mission of creating health for all.

Our Goal

Our goal with CHET is to be agile, adaptable and well-positioned to address health inequities in all sectors and to serve as a learning research, education and training hub, whereby we can push the boundaries and innovate to improve human health.

We will create a nurturing environment that will convene people from transdisciplinary, multisectoral backgrounds to enable dialogue and creation of health equity research, training and education programs.

Building on our prior and current workforce development and education efforts within Feinberg School of Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, we will support and create new opportunities for collaboration across Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University and Chicago communities. Knowledge is certainly powerful and, without doubt, more education and higher literacy levels translate to higher social economic position and, ultimately, healthier patients and communities.

We will foster a true culture of health and civic engagement that supports well-being and vitality across the Chicago area. Achievement of health equity requires true civic engagement, which aims to promote more dialogue and exchange of knowledge with policy makers, urban planners, housing and education experts, government agencies and all sectors of society. Health for all should be a mantra that is at the core of every research, education/training and clinical care innovation activity.

In sum, our vision is simply rooted in the importance of creating a flexible, responsive, yet visionary hub that will directly create strategic partnerships, programs and research in a nurturing environment that lead to health equity transformation.

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