Center for Health Equity

Engaging Communities
Eliminating Health Disparities
Advancing Social Justice

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About Us

On December 15, 2011, the Graduate School of Public Health and the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences established the Center for Health Equity (CHE), which aims to understand and reduce health disparities in underserved populations, particularly those in Western Pennsylvania. The center engages the community in efforts to reduce the major causes of excess mortality among disadvantaged populations in the region, such as infant mortality; community violence; and cardiovascular health, with the ultimate goal of reducing excess mortality in the southwestern Pennsylvania region.

Mission

The Center for Health Equity focuses on excess premature mortality (deaths before age 65) in populations experiencing health inequities with four major aims:

  1. To gain a further understanding of the causes of health inequities with a focus on Western Pennsylvania and, more specifically, Allegheny County
  2. To develop, implement, and evaluate interventions designed to reduce those inequities
  3. To provide capacity-building services to community organizations in our region
  4. To disseminate findings and experiences through the CHE website, conferences, and peer-reviewed publications.

“There is something better than science … That is science with a moral compass, science that contributes to social equity, science in the service of humanity.”

William Foege
Former Director of CDC
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
(from an address at the University of Washington on 8 March, 2006)

Upcoming CHE Events

Event Category
Mon 9/23 8:30AM - 4:00PM
Grand Rounds 400 Years of Inequality: Achieving Redemption, Reconciliation, and Equity Today Center for Health Equity Conference
400 Years of Inequality: Achieving Redemption, Reconciliation, and Equity Today
Mon 9/23 8:30AM - 4:00PM
William Pitt Union

As this nation marks 400 hundred years of inequality since 1619 when the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, nationally prominent scholars and community activists join in a one-day symposium examining this American legacy. How does the racial and social oppression forced upon enslaved Africans and their descendants translate to racial inequities? And what are the remedies, successful interventions, and steps necessary for achieving equity today


William Pitt Union
Center for Health Equity
Conference
Fri 9/27 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Focused Writing Sessions Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions
Fri 9/27 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room


1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room
Center for Health Equity
Meeting
Fri 10/11 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Grand Rounds Family separations: short and long-term effect on children Center for Health Equity Event
Family separations: short and long-term effect on children
Fri 10/11 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Family separations have been a crisis at the U.S. Southern Border. These separations are an adverse childhood event, one that most likley will produce trauma with lifelong consequences. Hear experts and those working in the community share their perspectives, engage in discussion, and answer questions. 


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Center for Health Equity
Event
Fri 4/17 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay) Center for Health Equity Event
Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay)
Fri 4/17 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Pittsburgh, PA

Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay) is the University of Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity's health promotion and disease prevention initiative in partnership with African American-owned and -operated barbershops in several Pittsburgh communities. Health professionals (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, nutritionists, health science students), public health educators, and health organizations volunteer their time to provide screening services and health education in the barbershops.TADay takes place in April in recognition of National Minority Health Month.


Pittsburgh, PA
Center for Health Equity
Event