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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Upcoming Events

Wed 20

Lunch & Learn: Decolonizing Access

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wed 20

Social (In)Justice and Mental Health

October 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu 21

Dismantling Structural Racism in Mental Health

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Mon 25

PHS Monday Seminar: Abra Vigna, PhD

October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thu 28

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

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


Sarah Esmond

Position title: Administrative Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Stephanie Budge

Position title: Director, AHEAD Program


Susan Passmore

Position title: Assistant Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Caitlin Scott

Position title: Communications Specialist, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Tyson Jackson

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


Al Castro

Position title: CCHE Research Ambassador


Shary Pérez Torres

Position title: CCHE Research Ambassador