Advancing Health Equity through Research and Partnerships

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.

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CCHE Alerts

  • Caitlin Scott

    CCHE Staff Transition

    Exciting and also bittersweet news ~ After 8.5 years at the helm of CCHE Communications, our wonderful colleague, Caitlin Scott, is transitioning to a new professional opportunity here at UW. Next week she becomes the …

  • New Community Option for Human Research Protection Training

    In collaboration with the UW Office of Research Compliance, we are proud to share that an additional option for human research protection training for community partners has been endorsed at UW-Madison! CIRTification Online is a …


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What We Do In Health Equity

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.

Expertise & Resources

Health Equity Research

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.

Video Resources

CCHE collaborates with on and off-campus partners to host and co-sponsor health equity related programming that highlights local, health equity focused partnerships and these video captures can be a great resource for teaching or research training!


Dorothy Farrar-Edwards

Position title: Faculty Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Christine Sorkness

Position title: Senior Associate Executive Director, Workforce Development


Angela Byars-Winston

Position title: Associate Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Olayinka Shiyanbola

Position title: Associate Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Sarah Esmond

Position title: Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Stephanie Budge

Position title: Director, AHEAD Program, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Susan Passmore

Position title: Assistant Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Tyson Jackson

Position title: Senior Community Research Outreach Coordinator, All of Us & CCHE


Al Castro

Position title: Co-CCHE Research Ambassador


Shary Pérez Torres

Position title: Co-CCHE Research Ambassador