The University of Maryland Center for Health Equity

Facility Location

3302E SPH Building #255, College Park, MD 20742-2611

Brief Mission

The Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) establishes and sustains a community engaged research enterprise on critical health disparities, raises the visibility of racial and ethnic health disparities and promising solutions with Marylanders, and facilitates necessary action for changing the structural determinants of health within the state.

We envision ourselves as a vibrant contributor to the University of Maryland’s reinvigorated land grant mission by including the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities to achieve health equity

Hours of Operation

9:00 am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday

Services and Technologies Offered

Established in 2010, the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) is a university-wide research initiative dedicated to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities through community engaged research and increasing the participation of racial and ethnic minority populations in research including clinical trials.  We have developed several signature services available to faculty at UMD, UMB and across the University System of Maryland.  Services include, but not limited to:

A.  The Maryland Community Research Advisory Board (MD-CRAB) is a forum that ensures  the results of health science research benefit vulnerable populations, especially  African Americans and Latinos who suffer from a greater burden of preventable illness and premature death.  Composed of 65 individuals representing community opinion leaders, the MD-CRAB convenes monthly from September to May to review research protocols presented by investigators, provide critical reviews of these protocols, and make vital recommendations for culturally tailoring recruitment and retention materials.

B.  The Public Health Critical Race Institute
The Institute is intended for scholars and researchers interested in learning how to incorporate the principles of Critical Race Theory and Public Health Critical Race Praxis into their research.  Participants engage in a variety of interactive and didactic sessions, small group work and a cultural experience that explores race and racism in contemporary America and its impact on the health and welfare of communities of color.

C.  The Health Equity Leadership Institute is a week-long research boot-camp conducted in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  It is designed to support and advance the career development of underrepresented minority faculty and researchers who are interested in targeting the elimination of health disparities.

D.  Educational Interventions from Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers: A National Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative.  This intervention was developed to build capacity for respectful engagement and mutual benefit on both sides of the research endeavor, targeting both researchers and potential study participants.  Becoming a Self-Reflective Researcher: Successfully Engaging Minority Communities is designed for investigators and is composed of seven ninety-minute modules.  Enhancing Minority Engagement in Research is designed for racial and ethnic minority communities and is composed of five ninety-minute modules.  For additional information download brochure at the Link below:


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Stephen B. Thomas
3302E SPH Building #255 College Park, MD 20742-2611
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