The Cornell Center for Health Equity (CCHEq) seeks to understand why different populations have varying qualities of health and healthcare. Research at CCHEq focuses on the root cause of health equity disparities and manifestations of persistent health inequality. The center is a major collaboration between researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City and Cornell University’s Ithaca campus. The directors of CCHEq are Monika M. Safford, Medicine, and Avery August, Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Despite extraordinary medical advances in recent decades, there still remains a gap in care to underrepresented communities,” says Safford. “The center’s goal is to partner with communities to understand their priorities and perspectives, collaboratively developing interventions based on science and community realities as well as partnering with community organizations to close those gaps.”
CCHEq aims to turn research findings into practical, understandable information for ethnically diverse populations. An annual Health Equity Symposium showcases the center’s research and forges new connections and collaborations within the community. Another major goal is to educate students at New York City and Ithaca campuses about health equity disparities as well as to encourage minorities and young scientists to pursue health-related professions. The center was officially launched at a symposium in March 2018.