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RFA – CHER Chicago Pilot Project Program, 2020-2021


The Center for Health Equity Research Chicago (CHER Chicago), based at the University of Illinois Cancer Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and in collaboration with The University of Chicago Medicine, has the vision to pursue health equity through the elimination of structural violence.

Structural violence refers to the multiple ways in which social, economic, and political systems expose particular populations to risks and vulnerabilities leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Those systems include income inequality, racism, homophobia, and other means of social exclusion leading to vulnerabilities, such as poverty, stress, trauma, crime, incarceration, lack of access to care, healthy food, and physical activity. CHER Chicago aims to eliminate the effects of structural violence on health inequalities among racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities. For this cycle of RFA, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals concerning gun violence, interpersonal violence, and policing. We highly encourage collaboration with East Campus to propose health outcomes in this years application.

CHER Chicago strives to advance health equity research through the development and refinement of theoretical frameworks of structural violence and health equity; and by promoting multi-level, multi-disciplinary research on the social, economic, psychosocial, behavioral, and biophysical processes linking structural violence and health equity. CHER Chicago strengthens health equity scholars and research activities that expand our understanding of structural and systemic inequality and discrimination.

Previously not funded and new submissions are encouraged, contingent on eligibility. For this round, these types of projects are highly encouraged: Projects focused on aging populations i.e., those 50 years of age and above, and LGBTQIA+ populations. One to two funded projects will involve these populations. For the purposes of this RFA, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons are those who identify as such (i.e., not MSM, MSWM or other behavior-based designations). Further, we are seeking proposals that consider health beyond a framework of sexual health or sexual risk behaviors. We welcome proposals that consider the context of health equity – e.g., not narrowly focused on HIV sexual risk.

For more information, please see the Application.