Who are we?

The Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), in the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Long Beach, works with community members and partner organizations with a focus on diverse, underserved, and high risk populations to promote health and reduce health disparities through:

  • Research
  • Innovative interventions
  • Rigorous evaluation

What is Health Equity and Health Disparity?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has defined Health Equity as a system where "...everyone has the opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance."

By contrast, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) and the CDC describe Health Disparities as, “…differences in health outcomes and their determinants between segments of the population, as defined by social, demographic, environmental, and geographic attributes.”

Why does health equity research matter?

We think progress can only be made when the complicated causal pathways leading to disparate, unequal, and inequitable health are reported, studied, and understood within the social and structural contexts wherein they occur. This informs appropriate courses for future health interventions, programs, and public policy action: the primary focus of our Center’s work.