In September 2010, the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) was established with a central commitment to improve the health of residents in the state of Maryland.  Our primary focuses are to:

  • Eliminate racial and ethnic disparities to achieve health equity among residents in the state of Maryland, and
  • Increase the inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities in health research through our Building Trust Initiative.

The M-CHE is headquartered in the Office of the Dean at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  It is a TIER 3: Campus-­wide Research Initiative Program charged with providing support for development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives that will position the university to become a national leader in elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities aimed toward achieving the nation's Healthy People 2020 goal of health equity.   In 2012, the M-CHE was designated a Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity, and Health Disparities Research  by the NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD, Award Number 5P20MD006737, Thomas & Quinn, PIs). 

Our Mission is to advance the elimination of health disparities and achievement of health equity through innovative research, teaching and service.

Our Vision is a world in which everyone has an equitable opportunity to live a healthy life.

Our Valuesbuilding community capacity, diversity and inclusion, the pursuit of excellence, action, innovation, and collaborations and partnerships—inspire our work, how we interact with each other and the strategies we employ to fulfill our mission.