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CHER Chicago Launches with a Call to Action to End Structural Violence

CHICAGO, IL  — The Center for Health Equity Research Chicago (CHER Chicago) had its public launch, as a partnership between the University of Illinois Cancer Center and the UIC School of Public Health, in collaboration with The University of Chicago, on Thursday, January 25, 2018. CHER Chicago aims to make contributions toward the elimination of structural violence through collaborative community partnerships, innovative research, and development and growth of researchers. The development and growth of researchers and community members is advanced through an open Request for Proposals (RFP) available on cherchicago.org.

The launch of CHER Chicago comes after a planning and prioritization process with faculty from both institutions, coupled with year 1 community partners from Access Community Health Network, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, the Midwest Asian Health Association, and Pride Action Tank. CHER Chicago is funded as a U54 mechanism at $6.75 million from the National Institutes of Health in order to establish itself as a specialized Center of Excellence in minority health and health disparities research.

Dr. Steve Meeks, Chief of Health Services served as keynote speaker, making a call to five key actions: (1) Be diligent- have compelling data, rigorous analysis; (2) Be collaborative- bring others along and engage, (3) Be inclusive—people impacted know best; (4) Be bold—people may be uncomfortable; (5) Be relentless—tell the untold stories.

“It is imperative that CHER Chicago partner with the community to be a groundbreaking and inclusive hub of research and community partnerships creating a world free of structural violence,” said Dr. Rob A. Winn, CHER Chicago Corresponding Principal Investigator and Director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center. Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles, CHER Chicago Principal Investigator and Director of Community Health Sciences at the UIC School of Public Health, stated CHER Chicago’s definition of “structural violence” as “social forces that harm certain groups of people, producing and perpetuating inequality in health and well-being. It includes social, economic, and political processes that manifest in both material and symbolic means of social exclusion.”

“Given our values of science, development and growth, community, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and policy impact, I am excited for the future of CHER Chicago,” said Dr. Martha Daviglus, CHER Chicago Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Institute for Minority Health Research.

CHER Chicago PI’s urge event attendees to provide positive and constructive feedback on the launch event as it is the first of many events to come to Monica Garcia Norlander, Center Director at monican@uic.edu.

Photos of the event now available for download.

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The mission of CHER Chicago is to make transformative contributions toward the elimination of structural violence through collaborative community partnerships, innovative research, and development and growth of researchers.

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