What does CHER Chicago do?

Advancing health equity and eliminating structural violence through science with community.

About us

2018 Launch Event

“We are hoping that CHER Chicago begins to break down structures. of violence.”- Dr. Robert A. Winn

Recent Events

Pilot Project Program

Three one-year awards available at $50,000 per award.

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Community Health Worker RFP

West Side United is excited to announce that our first grant is now available through a competitive RFP process! The attached RFP is in accordance with West Side United’s 2018 strategy and goals. T[...]

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Overview of Program The Chicago Fathers and Sons Study is designed to examine the short- and long-term effects of the Fathers and Sons parenting and health awareness program for improving nonresident [...]

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Junior Faculty Co-Director for Center for Community Health Equity Summer Internship

Junior Faculty Co-Director for Center for Community Health Equity Summer Internship In Summer 2018 (June to August), the Center for Community Health Equity will be piloting a Summer Internship for 4 c[...]

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Interview and Event Recordings

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CHER Chicago Projects

Active research projects with a thematic focus of structural violence

Our research project with CHER Chicago is with a south east Asian mental health focus. South East Asian (SEA) immigrants in the United States face significant psychological distress due to their unique psychosocial stressors. Immigrants from these regions diverge from other Asian immigrants due to their exposure to structural violence and trauma prior to migration. The impact of pre-migration traumatic experiences and post-migration structural violence exposure on SEA immigrant children has not been well studied. This study will have 103 parent-child dyads. Dr. Karen E. Kim, The University of Chicago
Our CHER Chicago project is on stress and cardiovascular disease in mother and child. Obesity in Hispanic/ Latinx youth is a critical public health issue with wide-ranging, long-term implications. As a racialized group, Latinos also content with the injury of structural violence in its many manifestations—ranging from policies (e.g. migration laws), structural conditions (e.g. residential segregation, precarious employment), and personally-mediated forms (e.g. unfair treatment, racial microaggressions)—all of which increase structural vulnerability.Dr. Kristine Molina, University of Illinois at Chicago
The CHER Chicago project I am co-leading with Dr. Paul Grippo is on the gut microbiome and community stress. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most prevalent and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Among all racial/ ethnic groups, the African American (AA) population exhibits the highest CRC incidence in the nation. Few studies have addressed both, biological and socio-environmental factors, including exposure to structural violence that may contribute to disproportionately high CRC risk in African Americans. Dr. Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, University of Illinois at Chicago

Upcoming Events

CHER Chicago endorsed events

  • UIC Minority Health Conference

  • FEBRUARY 22, 2018
  • Featuring:
  • A round table and poster with
  • Drs. Karriem S. Watson and Sage Kim and
  • Center Director, Monica Garcia Norlander
  • Location: 828 S. Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
  • Register
  • Racism as a Public Health Issue

  • MARCH 1, 2018
  • Featuring:
  • Dr. Camara Jones,
  • Dr. Linda Rae Murray,
  • Dr. David Ansell,
  • at the UIC School of Public Health Auditorium
  • Register
  • Request for Proposals (RFP)

  • MARCH 15, 2018
  • Three one-year awards available
  • $50,000 per award
  • Preference given to
  • UIC early stage investigators
  • from underserved communities
  • Apply


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