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Center for Health Equity Transformation

At the Center for Health Equity Transformation, we believe health touches all sectors of society and health is inextricably linked to important domains such as education, housing, employment, economic resilience of a household and family and geographical location. Health impacts the overall ability of a human to thrive in society.

We aim to address health inequities in all sectors. Our goal is to serve as a learning research, education and training hub that pushes boundaries and innovates to improve human health.

Melissa Simon

This center demonstrates Northwestern’s sincere commitment to not just improve health equity, but to transform health and healthcare delivery to achieve health equity.”

Melissa Simon, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Health Equity Transformation

Our Priorities

 Shaping health equity by building scientific capacity for health equity research at Northwestern University.

We aim to create more collaborative grants and research projects that are focused on health equity at IPHAM, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Medicine and the university as a whole. This work will place a greater emphasis on measurable outcomes. 

 Shaping health equity by transforming workforce development.

This would include connecting existing training programs across the entire Northwestern community to integrate health equity education and research opportunities and to build more programs across the healthcare career pipeline, with emphasis on early entry to healthcare and research careers.

 Shaping health equity by supporting the momentum of community partners.

We aim to synergize with the many ongoing efforts across the university and lift the contribution and connectivity of Northwestern as a whole to the communities we serve.

Contact Us


Melissa Simon, MD
Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (General Obstetrics and Gynecology)/Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences

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