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HELI 2018 group

Health Equity Leadership Institute Class of 2018

Collaborative Center for Health Equity

The CCHE connects partners from the state’s rural, urban, and tribal communities with university faculty, staff, and students to advance long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships in teaching, research, and service initiatives to improve health equity in underserved communities of Wisconsin.

Connect with CCHE

CCHE Alerts

Upcoming Events

Oct 09

Hmong Health Summit

October 9 - October 10
Oct 15

Wisconsin Science Festival

October 15 - October 18
Oct 27

UW Diversity Forum 2020

October 27 @ 8:00 am - October 28 @ 4:00 pm
Nov 03

Election Day

November 3

What We Do In Health Equity


The CCHE team includes an impressive group of researchers actively pushing the envelope with translational health equity research & we’re proud to support the interdisciplinary work of junior health equity researchers at UW.

Learn more about our Health Equity Research Fellows & ‘Building Trust’ programming.

Leadership Development

Our portfolio of programs is designed to grow future leaders in health equity, from our most junior of students to post-doctoral scholars, faculty at UW and elsewhere and staff who contribute to health equity research!

Please explore some of the workforce development initiatives underway with our HELI and AHEAD Programs.

Technical Assistance

Our team contributes to partnerships with a diverse array of offices, organizations and individuals who share our interests in:

  • Addressing the causes and consequences of disparities in health and health outcomes;
  • Improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of healthcare providers and others who serve diverse patients and clients;
  • Drawing and relying on the expertise of diverse stakeholders & much more!

Community Engagement

Community-academic partnerships can provide unique collaborative teaching, student service learning and research opportunities to advance the health and wellness of underserved communities.

Our team members often broker community-campus partnerships around health equity issues; we ensure that the expertise and assets of both community and academic partners are recognized and integrated into partnerships happening in communities across the state.


Dorothy Farrar-Edwards

Faculty Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Christine Sorkness

Senior Associate Executive Director, Workforce Development


Angela Byars-Winston

Associate Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Sarah Esmond

Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Stephanie Budge

Director, AHEAD Program


Susan Passmore

Assistant Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Caitlin Scott

Communications Specialist, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Tyson Jackson

Information and Engagement Coordinator, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Al Castro

CCHE Research Ambassador