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The Center for Health Equity Research Chicago (CHER Chicago) will be a groundbreaking and inclusive hub of research and community partnerships creating a world free of structural violence.


To make transformative contributions toward the elimination of structural violence through collaborative community partnerships, innovative research, and development and growth of researchers.


Science: CHER Chicago strives to advance health equity research by developing and refining theoretical frameworks of structural violence and health equity; and by promoting multi-level, multi-disciplinary research on the social, economic, psychosocial, behavioral, and biophysical processes linking structural violence and health equity.
Development and Growth: Chicago CHER strengthens health equity scholars and research activities that can expand our understanding of structural inequalities that expose racial, ethnic, and sexual and gender minority groups to differential risks and vulnerabilities.
Community: CHER Chicago acknowledges structural violence and its effects on people and communities can only be eliminated through engaging community partners in meaningful ways to transform academic research to real world social change.
Collaboration: The three-Core organization of CHER Chicago reflects authentic partnership principals that value equitable and meaningful engagement of all participants. The Administrative Core (AC) of CHER is responsible for facilitating authentic partnership of all Cores in all stages of CHER Chicago activities. Investigator Development Core (IDC) identifies and cultivates equity research. Community Engagement and Dissemination Core (CEDC) supports community projects and dissemination of research findings.
Diversity and Inclusion: CHER Chicago aims to eliminate the effects of structural violence on health inequalities among racial, ethnic, and sexual and gender minorities.
Policy Impact: CHER Chicago seeks to influence and partner with elected officials and government entities to advance legislation and protect programs that work in concert with our mission.