Several Members of the Division of General Internal Medicine are intimately involved in the activities of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, a university-wide initiative bridging Cornell’s New York City and Ithaca campuses to respond directly to the growing need to better understand both the root causes and the manifestations (symptoms) of persistent health inequity. With a robust research agenda and through academic-community partnerships, CCHEq, founded by Monika Safford, M.D. and co-led by Monika Safford, M.D., Jamila Michener, Ph.D., and Jeff Niederdeppe, Ph.D., advances the science of health equity and takes steps to share knowledge in order to make quantifiable progress and to reduce persistent health disadvantages at the local, regional, and national levels.
CCHEq's infrastructure consists of the following cores that will guide and inform all Center activities:
- Education Core
- Community Engagement and Advocacy Core
- Research, Training, and Mentoring Core
The Diversity Center of Excellence is the Education Core of the CCHEq. It was established in 2018 with a grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the DCoE is to enhance diversity within the physician workforce, as a strategy to combat health disparities. The DCoE is co-led by Susana Morales, M.D., Monika Safford, M.D., Andrea Card, M.D., and Martin Shapiro, M.D.
The Center for Cultural Humility is a person-centered training center that is cultivating interest, affirmation, and support between people from different cultural and social backgrounds. CHUM operates across Cornell University’s Ithaca and New York City campuses and beyond, providing rigorous cultural engagement programming for researchers, clinicians, administrators, businesses, community stakeholders, and the general public. We offer four tailored, evidence-based trainings that focus on generating cultural responsiveness in research, practice, and policy. Jerel Ezell, Ph.D., is the Director of CHUM.