The Illinois Cancer Health Equity Research (I-CHER) Center is a solutions-oriented consortium of healthcare researchers and clinicians charged with improving outcomes in communities disproportionately affected by cancer.
Maximize cancer health equity in racial, ethnic, and marginalized populations in Cook County, Illinois
- Conduct research that is collaborative, solutions-based, and sustainable
- Diversify the workforce
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has awarded over $16 million in grants to establish Cancer Health Equity Research Centers (CHERC) at four Minority Service Institutions (MSI): University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Arizona; Morehouse School of Medicine; and Howard University. Each institution received a four-year grant of $4.08 million, beginning January 2022.
The goal of this grant is to implement solution-based research addressing cancer health disparities to help achieve health equity and reduce cancer mortality.
The I-CHER Center at the University of Illinois Chicago is funding six subaward projects to Research Scientists, Clinician Scientists, and a basic science lab postdoc fellow, plus 8 one-year pilot grant projects for early career faculty or postdoc fellows.
The I-CHER Center sits within the University of Illinois Cancer Center and is made possible with funding from both ACS and support from the cancer center.