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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.

Congratulations, Dr. Simon!

Congratulations to our CHET Faculty Director, Dr. Melissa Simon, for being elected as one of the new members to the National Academy of Medicine!

Join Our Team!

CHET is actively seeking candidates interested in filling the role of Research Study Assistant. If you are interested or would like to share these openings with your networks, please go to the careers page.


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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CHET Inaugural Report Released October 2020

The Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) is proud to present our Inaugural Report, which includes activities since our launch in September 2018 until October 2020.

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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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Founder/Director Honored 2020 Mentor of the Year

Our Founder/Director Melissa Simon, MD, MPH was chosen as a 2020 Faculty Mentor of the Year.

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SkinnyTrees Mini-Series COVID-19 in our Chicago Communities

We like many of our fellow Chicagoans, are staying home and practicing social distancing to flatten the curve. We are here to present a mini-series: COVID-19 in our Chicago communities, listen for stories from local voices during these trying times.

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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.

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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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