June is National Pride Month!
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Movements to assure equity for the LGBTQIA community became prominent civil rights events as early as the 1950s, with organizations like Daughters of Bilitis and the Mattachine Society collaborating to send "Annual Reminders" to legislators and political leaders that all individuals deserved equal opportunities, resources, and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  The LGBTQIA community exemplifies the power of the unified voices and actions necessary to assure human rights for all.  CHET stands beside our LGBTQIA leaders, organizations, and friends as we celebrate their accomplishments and continue the fight for equity for all.  To learn more about Northwestern University's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health  and Wellbeing, visit and for LGBTQIA student resources contact #Pride19

Join us as we kick off the Hidden Figures Summer Book Club Series, as a part of One Book Northwestern, with guided discussion, invited speakers, and refreshments.
  • Monday, June 24, 2019            12:00 pm - 1:00 pm               McGaw - Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium
  • Monday, July 8, 2019               12:00 pm - 1:00 pm                     Lurie - Hughes Auditorium
  • Monday, August 12, 2019        12:00 pm - 1:00 pm                McGaw - Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium
Season 2 of CHET's podcast,Skinny Trees: Lifting Health for All, kicks off  with featured guest Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Julie Morita.
Follow us on Twitter @SkinnyTreesChi  to be the first to know when our this episode is released and to learn more about innovative health equity research and programming happening in Chicago, as well as Dr. Morita's proudest moments as Commissioner. 

5 CHET Program Pillars

  • CHET Connections, a lunch-and-learn series, will focus on works in progress, programming, and happenings  that touch on health equity in and around the NU campuses. Presentations will encompass the work being done in all schools, departments, and institutions within Northwestern University and beyond. Topics include policy focus or other key issue relevant to anything about social justice and health.  If you are interested in presenting at an upcoming CHET Connections talk, please email us at
  • CHET will host / facilitate Health Equity by Design studio sessions to stimulate innovation and transformation of ideas into reality by convening stakeholders and leaders from across multiple sectors to help create new programming, grants, policy statements / whitepapers, etc. and promote improved health equity- designed approaches to scholarly activity, policy work, community programming and beyond. Additionally, CHET will link interested partners with a Health Equity Grant Review Consultant to create, support, or hone a health equity lens or element to their grant.  If you are interested in participating in a Studio Session or would like to work with a Consultant, let us know by emailing
Health Equity Footprint
Help us develop a registry of current health equity research, programming, training, funding, and staffing across Northwestern University, collaborating medical centers, and community partner organizations by telling us about your work! 

Please use this form to tell us more about what you are doing to impact health equity! 

We will use your responses to grow an expansive list of health equity happenings aimed at advancing current and future health equity efforts, supporting new innovative partnerships, and to leverage already-existing resources to the wider Northwestern University community.

Listening Tour

We have been actively listening to the voices of colleagues, communities, policymakers, and students through events and meetings with partners, like you!

Dr. Melissa Simon at the 4th Annual Gynecologic Oncology Research Showcase  
“We are working to bridge these gaps”
-Dr. Melissa Simon at the 4th Annual Gynecologic Oncology Research Showcase presenting an overview of Cancer Disparities Research at Lurie Cancer Center.
PCORI CHECS Project Final Meeting
Led by AllianceChicago, the Collaborations for Health and Empowered Community-based Scientists (CHECS) project aimed to build the capacity of Community Health Center patients and healthcare stakeholders to develop patient-centered research proposals via access to an online training curriculum, live seminars, and mentorship by community members, non-profit leaders, and academic partners, such as Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.  Last month, CHECS Mentors and Fellows convened at partner organization, Howard Brown Health, for the last time to present on project proposals and discuss next steps for collaboration, some of which include submission to large foundations and governmental institutions.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the CHECS Team and wish the Fellows good luck on their proposals!

On May 22nd, 2019 the Cook County Health and Hospital System held the Housing is Health: Research & Innovation Summit where Board President Toni Preckwinkle and CEO Dr. Jay Shannon announced a $1M pledge to the Chicago and Cook County Flexible Housing Pool.

C3 Community Research Communications Training

CHET staff participated in the Community Research Communications Training Series at UIC, sponsored by the Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement (C3), a collaboration of Chicago's Clinical and Translational Science Institutes (CTSIs), including NUCATS.  This training  focused on Radio and Podcasts  and ways in which to use these communications mediums to disseminate research for and to the community.

Lurie Cancer Center Survivorship 5K/Walk 
This past Sunday, June 2nd, the CHET and ChicagoCHEC team joined the Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K hosted by the Lurie Cancer Center.
Feel free to donate to our team's fundarising efforts here. #LurieCelebrates
CHET's monthly newsletter, Voices, provides up-to-date information on local and national initiatives, highlighting health equity research, resources, funding opportunities, and events.  If you would like to have your work or event featured in Voices please email

Continue the Dialogue

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