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). 

The Mission of the Maryland Center for Health Equity is to:

  • Establish and sustain a community engaged research enterprise on critical health disparities
  • Raise the visibility of racial and ethnic health disparities and promising solutions with Marylanders.
  • Facilitate action for change in the structural determinants of health in Maryland.

The Vision for the Maryland Center for Health Equity: 

Our vision is to be a vibrant contributor to the university’s reinvigorated land grant mission with the inclusion of the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities to achieve health equity.