One of 12 active, nationally renowned research centers within Brown’s School of Public Health, the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) conducts interdisciplinary, empirical research to promote healthier behaviors and environments. Our overarching topical strengths are in the areas of HIV primary and secondary prevention, global public health, LGBT health, substance addiction treatment, obesity, smoking, exercise and nutrition, and behavioral medicine.

Our people have collective expertise in intervention development and testing, clinical trials, epidemiologic methods, advanced biostatistics, qualitative research, and program evaluation. We maintain strong collaborative relationships with a wide array of hospitals, community service organizations, and worksites, as well as with major funding institutions.

CHER faculty mentor and train undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students, as well as clinical and research post-doctoral fellows. We actively pursue and receive grants from a variety of funding sources, including but not limited to the AmFAR Foundation for AIDS Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, the Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research, MAC AIDS Fund, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Our Mission

To improve health, especially in underserved populations, by conducting interdisciplinary research and education to empower individuals, providers, organizations, and communities to practice and promote healthier behaviors and environments.

Fellowship opportunity!

CHER is recruiting new investigators for a mentoring program in clinical, behavioral and community engaged research related to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and other infectious diseases. This program trains new investigators from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the sciences, particularly African Americans and Hispanics, in clinical, behavioral and community-based research. There is no application deadline; recruitment occurs on a rolling basis.  More information here.