Community Health Engagement and Equity Research (CHEER)


The Community Health Engagement and Equity Research center's mission is to improve health equity through collaboratory research and practice.

Guiding Principles

  • Partnering with community organizations and residents to address issues of local importance.
  • Addressing mechanisms that drive health equity.
  • Prioritize work that produces sustained impact for community change.

Research Arms

All of our research is grounded within the themes of social determinants, community engagement, and dissemination and implementation.

  • Community Capacity Building for Healthy Pregnancies
  • Comparison of Nurse Family Partnership birth outcomes with matched Marion County birth outcomes
  • The PAWS Project: A Middle-School Based Academic and Health Promotion Initiative

Addiction and Mental Health

  • Central Indiana Recovery Services Coalition Evaluation and Data Collection for PACE, Inc.
  • Developing SUPPORT, a Community-Driven, Recovery-Oriented System of Care
  • Partnerships for Success
  • Pilot Testing of an E-Learning Strategy for Housing First Implementation
  • Project Point


  • Identifying the impact of social-environmental challenges and cumulative life stress on treatment-related behaviors and satisfaction with care in African American Breast Cancer Patients


  • Diabetes Impact Project – Indianapolis (DIP-IN)

Family Health Communication

  • African American Family Health Communication Project

Oral Health

  • Social Network Dynamics and Oral Health Disparities in Mexican America Immigrants

More Information

To get more involved with CHEER, check out our directory or follow us on Twitter at @sbs_fsph.