What is HELI?


Read our 2017 publication describing the HELI model.

As a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence, the Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) is committed to increasing the number of investigators, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities/health equity research who are successful in academic appointments and achieving independent funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies.

Our HELI program has been designed in partnership with our academic collaborators at the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park. The HELI program is carefully structured to include both large didactic sessions, as well as small group sessions, special events, and mentoring opportunities.

Each year we showcase translational research efforts underway here in Wisconsin. Each has a health equity/disparities focus and is being conducted in partnership with diverse community partners. We also highlight exciting community-based participatory research initiatives exploring individual decision making about participation in biomarker research projects. We often introduce some of our community partners who reside in both rural and urban settings of Wisconsin. Importantly, the Institute is also designed to foster professional networking for participating scholars and to create a collaborative learning environment for both Institute scholars and faculty.

To ensure that attending scholars obtain the most from their Institute experiences, we select from all applicants a cohort of up to 30 Scholars (15 from within/15 from outside of Wisconsin) that is diverse across academic levels and disciplines, community experiences, career objectives, and current roles. Applications from minority fellows, junior faculty or post doctorates in health, social and behavioral sciences addressing research in minority health, health disparities and health equity are especially encouraged. The HELI program is free & lodging is provided; participants are responsible for their individual travel expenses.

HELI Scholars will be expected to contribute to the Institute’s success by: (1) Participating in scheduled events; (2) Providing a brief structured introduction about their work and research interests; (3) Actively sharing in discussions; and (4) Thoughtfully considering opinions and information shared by other Scholars and faculty.

In turn, we will offer Scholars a variety of excellent presentations by experts from UW, other academic institutions, and the NIH. We will provide multiple learning opportunities, as well as access to potential resources to enhance each Scholar’s ability to conduct successful health disparities research. Special emphasis will be on utilizing translational research resources and working successfully on collaborative community-academic research teams. Through this experience, we hope that Scholars will establish long lasting relationships with new colleagues and that, together, new interdisciplinary teams of translational researchers will advance health equity solutions for all communities.

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