promoting health equity through research on the social determinants of health


The Center on Health & Society was awarded $2.8M to study stress and health among older African American families. The Study of Longevity and Stress in African Americans (SOLSAA)  is a 5-year project funded by the National Institute of Aging. 

In addition to being the home of a large, NIH-funded research project on longevity and stress among African American families, the Center on Health & Society (CHS) acts as a hub, connecting a network scholars and providing various forms of infrastructure support for research on health disparities, including: research symposia; distinguished lecture series; grant support through the SSRI; dissemination of information on health disparities research and grants; and a weekly writing and research productivity group for junior faculty postdoctoral scholars.

CHS is comprised of the director (Tyson H. Brown), coordinator (Camela Barker), four full-time staff members, core faculty, visiting scholars, and 40 faculty and postdoctoral affiliates. Reflecting the Center’s interdisciplinary approach to studying health disparities, faculty affiliated with the Center include scholars from the social, behavioral, and biomedical science across the university and medical center.

News & Updates

Tyson Brown: “It’s becoming increasingly clear that social and economic policies are health policies.

Part of the CHS distinguished lecture series.

Our 14 public health all-stars offer their top ideas for reshaping America’s long-term health. 

“Dr. Robert W. Turner II reveals what it means to be a high school and college athlete pursuing the dream of playing in the NFL, and why so many players struggle with life after football.”

A U.S. News analysis of race, ethnicity and potential drivers of change for the nation’s health.

On routes toward ending structural racism and acheiving health equity.