Health Equity Challenge Series

People linked with red ribbon

Join the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative for its second Health Equity Challenge Series. Over the next year we invite researchers and health equity champions (anyone in any role) at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, MetroHealth, University Hospitals, University of Toledo, the Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Clinical and Translational Science Award program hubs nationwide to embark on a Women’s Health Equity journey through complete each awareness challenges to further their health equity knowledge in the health equity space and take those learnings back to their institution to become a model for collaborative advancement of health equity.

This four-part challenge series launches in August 2023 and concludes in March 2024.

Health Equity Research Bootcamp


Calling all aspiring health equity researchers! Have you always wanted to do research, but didn’t know where or how to start? Does your heart beat to the drum of health equity and you want to use your professional and lived experience to impact evidence-based practices in the clinic and community? Look no further and join us for our first Health Equity Research Bootcamp in August.

What: Health Equity Research Bootcamp

Where: Warrensville Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library

When: Saturday, August 12, 2023

Time: 10AM-3PM

Lunch will be provided. 

Topics and Presenters

  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities - Health Disparities Research Framework
  • The Health Equity Research Framework 
  • All About Data: TriNetX with Yasir Tarabichi, MD, Director of Clinical Research Informatics at MetroHealth  
  • Grant Development with Susan Connor, PhD, Assistant Director of Research Programs at the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland
  • Research and Impact Evaluation with Clara Pelfrey, PhD (pre-recorded), Evaluation Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland
  • Dissemination and Implementation with Valerie Chepp, PhD, Quantitative Health Sciences, Cleveland Clinic
  • Health Equity Researcher Panel

Register before Wednesday, August 9 at

Plant growing out of coins

To be announced September 2023. Check back for details and join the CTSC listserv so that you don’t miss the announcement.

Challenge Description: Attend a film screening of Aftershock documentary and panel discussion with local experts. Last year each of our partner affiliates hosted at least one screening and discussion. Are you interested in hosting a screening and/or panel discussion? Let us know by sending an e-mail to

Aftershock poster

Challenge Description: Participate in a book discussion featuring Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD.

Cover of Medical Bondage book

The CTSC will provide 25 books to each partner affiliate and make 25 books available to the community at-large. The first 25 registrants at each partner affiliate who register before August 1, 2023 will have access to a complimentary copy of the text. Registrants must have the ability to pick up the book around the greater Cleveland area. Books will be delivered to the partner affiliate’s headquarters and available for pick up by registrants no later than Friday, September 15, 2023. Click HERE to request a book, acknowledging your intent to participate in the five-week book discussion.

Each interactive, hour-long session will start with presentations from researchers or organizations complementary to the chapter being discussed, questions inspired by workbook topics interwoven throughout the discussion, and opportunities for questions.

Register for the book discussion series HERE. Registration will remain open until the end of the series. If you're unable to attend each session, we welcome you to participate as your schedule permits.






Wednesday, October 4


Chapter 1:
The Birth of American Gynecology 

Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD

Wednesday, October 11


Chapter 2: Black Women’s Experiences in Slavery and Medicine

Rachel Dudley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Toledo 


Wednesday, October 18


Chapter 3: Contested Relations: Slavery, Sex, and Medicine

Ayesha Bell Hardaway, JD, Co-Director, Social Justice Institute, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Social Justice Law Center, CWRU School of Law


Wednesday, October 25 


Chapter 4: Irish Immigrant Women and American Gynecology

Charlotte Rich, doctoral student in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University 

Wednesday, November 1


Chapter 5: Historical Black Superbodies and the Medical Gaze


*We will host lunch and a meet and greet, in person at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, with Dr. Cooper Owens from 11AM-12PM before the formal book discussion begins. Register for the luncheon HERE before Friday, September 22.  

Challenge Description: Learn about local community organizations’ data needs, researcher skill sets to meet those needs, and funders’ funding priorities  via this virtual speed dating-style experience.

Pile of Legos
  • Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2024
  • Time: 12PM-1PM
  • Venue: Zoom  

Last year we learned that one of our local community organizations’ needs is data from research that can help support requests and programming in grant proposals. Our research community has a skill set that can help fill that gap. Our philanthropic community has funding priorities that bridge community organizations and research. What will happen when we pair these parties in one room for a period of five to 10 minutes to learn about each other in a virtual speed dating-style event?  

If you are a:

  • researcher; 
  • community organization representative; or
  • funder, then…

this event is for YOU

Register HERE before Friday, January 13, 2024.

Challenge Description: Bring your talent, curiosity, and innovative ideas to our second  un-meeting about women’s health equity research. Additional details to follow.

Field of purple flowers against blue sky
  • Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024
  • Time: 10AM-2PM
  • Venue: Zoom 

Register for the un-meeting here.