Center for Community Health ANd Genomic Equity (CHANGE)

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Our Vision

Promoting genomics equity through research, education, and partnership with local communities.

Our Mission

To support and foster community-engaged research, education and service that advances health and health care equity for all through genomics.

Who We Are

Director: Aaron Goldenberg, PhD, MPH
Associate Director: Marsha Michie, PhD
Assistant Director: Roselle Ponsaran, MA
Senior Advisor: Patricia Marshall, PhD

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Our Partners

Our center will build partnerships between researchers across the CWRU campus and with local and national organizations.  


We support research focused advancing health and health care equity for all through genomics.

Current projects include:

  • the Cleveland African American Prostate Cancer Project (CAAPP)
  • the Framework for Advances in Rerpogenomic Ethics and Regulation (FAIRER) project
  • “Community Engagement Strategies for Genomic Studies in Africa: A Review of the Literature.” BMC Medical Ethics 16, no. 1 (2015): 1–12.

  • “Photo-Documentation in the Community: Reflections on Genetics, Health and Health Disparities.” International Journal of Epidemiology 46, no. 2 (2017): 385–89.

  • “Ethical Challenges in Community-Based Research.” The American Journal of the Medical Sciences 322, no. 5 (2001): 241–45.Michie,

  • “Pathways to Affluence: Socioeconomic Incentives in Prenatal Testing and Abortion.” In Born Well: Prenatal Genetics and the Future of Having Children, 105–22. Springer, 2022.

The Patricia Marshall Lecture on Genomics and Equity

The Patricia Marshall Lecture on Genomics and Equity is a new lecture series in the Department of Bioethics that will showcase scholarship on advancing health equity in genomics.

The lecture series is named in honor of Professor Emerita Marshall, who has long  championed genomic equity through her work in international research ethics and genomics.

The inaugural lecturer for fall 2022 will be Dr. Charles Rotimi, Scientific Director at the National Human Genome Research Institute and president of the American Society of Human Genetics, who is a longtime friend and collaborator of Dr. Marshall.