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Maryland Center for Health Equity

The Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) is commited to improving the health of residents in the state of Maryland. Headquartered in the Office of the Dean at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, M-CHE is a TIER 3: Campus-­wide Research Initiative Program charged with providing support for the development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives that will position the university to become a national leader in the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities aimed toward achieving the nation's Healthy People 2030 goal of health equity.

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Barbershops and salons participate in M-CHE's Health Advocates In Reach and Research (HAIR) program.

Help Make Our Vision a Reality

Donations to the Maryland Center for Health Equity support the development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives to address racial and ethnic health disparities, including the Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR) campaign and the national "Shots at the Shop" initiative.

Read the May 30, 2021 Washington Post story: Barbershop offers coronavirus shots, in addition to cuts and shaves. Some see it as a national model

The Latest News from the Maryland Center for Health Equity

Black man receiving COVID vaccine in local barber shop
DCist: Hair Salons In Prince George’s County Are National Models For COVID Vaccine Distribution
View Article DCist: Hair Salons In Prince George’s County Are National Models For COVID Vaccine Distribution
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"Shots at the Shop" Takes on Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color
View Article "Shots at the Shop" Takes on Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color
President Biden Delivers Remarks on the COVID-19 Response and the Vaccination Program
UMD Part of New National Initiative that Taps Barbers and Stylists to Help Address Vaccine Hesitancy
View Article UMD Part of New National Initiative that Taps Barbers and Stylists to Help Address Vaccine Hesitancy

Featured Projects

Shots at the Shop: from Vaccine Hesitancy to Vaccine Confidence

Shots at the Shop

Shots at the Shop is a White House-backed effort from the University of Maryland’s Maryland Center for Health Equity, the Black Coalition Against COVID and the beauty and personal care brand SheaMoisture to recruit 1,000 Black-owned barbershop and hair salons nationwide to promote informed decision-making as a means to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. 

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Summer Intern Students visit Black Barber shop as part of the Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR)

The Health Advocates In-Reach and Research Campaign (HAIR)

The primary aim of HAIR is to create an infrastructure to engage barbershops and beauty salons in Prince George’s County as culturally relevant portals for health education and delivery of public health and medical services in the community.

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Black female nurse standing up and giving COVID vaccine in the arm of a young Black man who is seated and wearing construction worker clothing.

COVID-19 Vaccines- Webinar Series

The Center for Health Equity has held several informative and informal webinars to address questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines with community members and medical and public health experts.

Access the COVID-19 Vaccine webinar playlist
Mission of Mercy, dentist cleaning teeth at the University of Maryland

Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival: Free Adult Dental Clinic

MID-MD MOM is a free adult dental clinic with wraparound healthcare services, the next event will be held in 2022.

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Maryland Statehouse Aerial photo

Health in All Policies Workgroup

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Contact Us!

Maryland Center for Health Equity
SPH Building, 4200 Valley Drive, Suite 3302
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-2611

Phone: (301) 405-8859
Fax: (301) 405-2542

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