The Center for Health Equity (CHE) supports the Health & Community Services Department (HCS) in reflecting equity in all existing services and programs.
The CHE is responsible for building community capacity to improve health equity. This is achieved by addressing existing barriers and by applying the principles of equity in all actions, decisions and policies.
We offer a cross-disciplinary collaborative model for education, awareness, community capacity building, policy influence and technical assistance.
We coordinate internal and external collaborations and initiatives to motivate health partners, groups and individuals to collectively act in determining barriers to health equity.
We conduct research and disseminate critical information about the fundamental causes of inequity and distribution of disease and illness in Kalamazoo County.
We work through the coordination, evaluation and monitoring of the social determinants of health within Kalamazoo County.