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With the pressing issues of health disparities in the Mid-south and nationally, extensive research and intervention development is greatly needed. The purpose of the newly established Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) is to serve as a catalyst for health equity research in order to address the health needs of the Mid-south area. CHERP is dedicated to providing tangible support for research initiatives that are likely to strengthen collaborative research focusing on the health inequity in the Mid-south. The goals of CHERP include:

  • building capacity for health equity research in the Memphis and Mid-south area;
  • enhancing capacities in training, educational programs, and translational research in health equity;
  • developing an internal resource for the health equity issues in the Mid-south;
  • organizing speakers’ series with nationally renowned scholars on health equity;
  • supporting the development of early career public health faculty and graduate students in conducting health equity research; and
  • facilitating formative research in health equity by providing competitive incubator grants to early career public health faculty.

For further information, please contact Dr. Satish Kedia, Director, CHERP and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health, University of Memphis.
Email:; phone: 901-678-1045

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