Maryland Center for Health Equity Partners with Wisconsin on 7th Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute. 

For the seventh year, the faculty of the Maryland Center for Health Equity will partner with the UW-Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity to offer the Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) coming up June 12-17, 2016 on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison! Drs. Stephen Thomas, Sandra Quinn, Craig Fryer and Mary Garza will lead specific components of the week long institute.  Aimed at under-represented scholars, at the level of post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty and other scholars committed to health equity research, this intensive week focuses on research, career development, and the issues experienced by young scholars.  

 The 2016 application will be available online on January 27th.   To learn more about HELI, and hear from some of our HELI alum, please visit:

The HELI description  is available via this link:

To download flyer, click here

HELI Video 2 from UW CCHE on Vimeo.


The Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) is an intensive week-long “research boot camp” offered by the collaborative efforts of the MCHE and the Collaborative Center for Health Equity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Since its inception in 2010, HELI has become an annual summer educational event, focused on increasing the number of investigators, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities and health equity research.  The goal is to increase the likelihood these scholars will be successful in tenure track academic appointments in schools of public health, medicine and other social and behavioral science disciplines. 

Each year, up to 30 scholars are invited to participate. Through presentations by health equity researchers, visits to community partner research sites, and large and small group sessions, HELI scholars receive career guidance, professional networking opportunities, manuscript and grant writing support and mock study sessions, as well as tips for mentor selection and work/life balance. 

The HELI program is offered at no cost to participants; limited financial support for travel and accommodations is available.

Health Equity Leadership Institute Mission

To support and advance the career development of researchers targeting the elimination of health disparities, recognizing that where we live, learn, work and play can have a greater impact on how long and how well we live than medical care.

Check back for more information on upcoming HELI events.

Visit University of Wisconsin’s HELI website here.

The Health Equity Leadership Institute is made possible through the Centers of Excellence grant awards from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH to the University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin.