Founded in the fall of 2018 by EPI's Dara Mendez, this group has served as a platform for learners and early-career researchers to exchange ideas, network and collaborate on projects related to health equity, reproductive justice and maternal and child health. Resources and opportunities discussed and shared among the group focus on anti-oppression scholarship, critical race theory. The group also works in collaboration with local community and governmental partners on practice and policy interventions addressing race-based health inequities.
This group is designed for scholars at all levels. As of March 2022, the group has over 90 members. Almost a quarter (23%) are undergraduate or high school scholars; about 41% are master's scholars (MPH, MSW, MS, MHA); about 20% are in doctoral programs (PhD, DrPH); and about 6% are in post-doctoral positions. Furthermore, about 19% of the MCHES network are not affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh, participating remotely from institutions like Boston College, Brown University, Gateway Health Plan, National Institutes of Health, University of North Carolina, and West Virginia University.
The group is also multidisciplinary, including scholars from various schools and departments at Pitt, including: Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Communications, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Social Work.