What does CHER Chicago do?

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

About us


The Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) Chicago condemns the killing of George Floyd and the many other senseless acts of aggression against African Americans in recent and past history. CHER Chicago stands in solidarity with the individuals, organizations, and communities fighting racism, discrimination, and social injustice in our country. Now more than ever, we remain committed to our mission of eliminating the deep-rooted racism and other forms of structural violence in the US to enable true social change and achieve health equity. - Multi Principle Investigators Statement

Pilot Project Program

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

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2021-2022 Seed Grant

DUE: March 12, 2021 11:59pm CT OVERVIEW AND PURPOSEThe Community Discussion & Dissemination Seed Grants (“Seed Grants”) aim to stimulate discussion around structural violence within diverse co[...]

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Public Narrative

On Thursday, September 24, at 5:30 p.m., @Public Narrative will introduce their new focus on narrative change and feature conversations with partners in public health, public safety, and public educat[...]

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Virtual Townhall

Save the date! CHER Chicago will be having a virtual townhall October 13th from 2-4pm CT. Pilot and Seed Grants will be released. Feel free to request consultations if you have any project idea/questi[...]

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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
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
Thanks for connecting us.I'm super excited of the possibilities for partnership and the projects we'll jointly develop in an effort to address structural violence in Brighton Park and beyondDr. Rosalba Hernandez

Upcoming & Recent Events

CHER Chicago endorsed events

  • 26th Karen J.Honig Memorial Lecture

  • April 1, 2020
  • strategies to Address Trauma, Anxiety and
  • Violence Interruption Among Black Males
  • Presented By:
  • Dr. Olga Osby
  • Location: UIC Student Services Building Rooms B & C
  • Register
  • Feminism On Tap

  • MARCH 30, 2020
  • Young Women's Giving Council
  • for Chicago Foundation for Women
  • is having a fundraiser
  • at Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • 5:30-8:30pm
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  • Request for Proposals (RFP)

  • MARCH 13, 2020
  • 2-4 awards available
  • $5,000-$10,000 per award
  • Preference given to
  • organizations that serve south and westside
  • communities in the city of Chicago
  • Apply


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