Health Equity


Recognizing our institutional power and collective talents and resources, CHIBE is examining how to use our research to remake the status quo and improve population health, especially among Black Americans who have suffered from racist policies and systems. Many of our CHIBE affiliated faculty members are working to increase health equity and reduce health care disparities. CHIBE members are also involved in Penn’s Bold Solutions Initiative, which seeks to end racism in the health care field.

Here's some of our work in the area of health equity

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If you'd like to partner with CHIBE on a health equity project, email us here

Physician Bias

What role do medical schools play in propagating physician bias? Read this paper to learn more about 5 key areas where educators misrepresent race in their discussions, interpretations, and assessments.

Police Killings

This study demonstrated that police killings of unarmed Black Americans have adverse effects on mental health among Black American adults. The largest effects on mental health occurred in the 1–2 months after exposure.

COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation

CHIBE researchers argue that vaccine allocation strategies should not exacerbate racial divisions and must consider socioeconomic and racial disadvantage.

Racism in Health Care

How can we change public policy, industry practices, and medical education and turn the health care system into a force for greater equality? This Atlantic piece details five changes to make.

Our Experts in Health Equity

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Alison Buttenheim

Amol Navathe

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Christina Roberto

Kevin Volpp


Jaya Aysola

J. Margo Brooks Carthon

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Carolyn Cannuscio

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Carmen Guerra

Scott Halpern

Vandana Khungar

Melanie Kornides


Risa Lavizzo-Mourey


Kristin Linn

Daniel Lee

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Judith Long

Raina Merchant

Raina Merchant

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Ravi Parikh

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Daniel Polsky

Harald Schmidt


Eugenia South


Kristen Underhill

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Atheendar Venkataramani

Rachel Werner