The CHEER Team at the Fairbanks School of Public Health was initially formed in 2011. CHEER consists of six faculty members and three full-time staff members from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, CHEER also provides research opportunities for several graduate students from Social and Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy, as well as undergraduates from various Schools at IUPUI.
CHEER has an overarching goal of pursuing research and service efforts to decrease health disparities in the state of Indiana. The team is dedicated to research that advances health equity and actively engages communities.
The research niche that CHEER has identified is based on the expressed interest of the community, gaps in the literature, and the expertise of team members. In grant proposals submitted during the first two years, the CHEER team has capitalized on these areas of expertise. These include studies that collect both social/psychological and physiological measures; community-based and driven approaches including coalition development; the utilization of navigators and community health outreach workers; and culture and health.