The University of Illinois at Chicago has received $6.75 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a specialized Center of Excellence in minority health and health disparities research. Called the Center for Health Equity Research, or CHER, the new UIC center will investigate how various social structures and determinants contribute to the health of marginalized groups.
[Photo: Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles]
“The end-goal is to get to a point where my health and your health is not determined by the color of our skin, where we live, or who we live with,” said Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles, professor and director of community health sciences in the University of Chicago at Illinois School of Public Health. Dr. Ramirez-Valles, who will lead the administrative core of the new center, says that Chicago’s highly segregated, urban environment provides a rich foundation for studying structural violence and public health, and that UIC’s “ability to bring together multidisciplinary researchers from diverse racial, ethnic and social backgrounds” gives strength to the center.