Mission: Health Equity Challenge Series

Brain with multiple colors

Factors such as our race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status should not impact the quality of health care we receive. Health disparities continue to threaten the ability for everyone to achieve optimal health. This is an area where research could make a big difference.

Join the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative for its first Mission: 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, and Clinical and Translational Science Award program hubs to complete each challenge to further their 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 September 2022 and concludes in March 2023.

Challenge Description: Attend a film screening of The Color of Care documentary, produced by Oprah Winfrey’s HARPO Productions and the Smithsonian Channel, and panel discussion with local experts.

Color of Care Poster

We’re partnering with the Western Reserve Historical Society, a Smithsonian Affiliate, to host lunch, a live film screening of The Color of Care documentary, and panel discussion featuring local experts. We extend a special thank you to the Smithsonian Channel for inclusion in this engagement opportunity. 

What: The Color of Care Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion 

Where: Western Reserve Historical Society 

When: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Time: 12PM-3PM (lunch - 12PM-12:45PM, film screening - 1PM-2:20PM, panel discussion - 2:25PM-3PM) 

Registration: advance registration before Wednesday, September 21 is required to ensure admission. Register HERE.

Note: Space is limited. Registration will be capped at 100

If you can’t join us in person, you’ll have one more opportunity to view the film virtually on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 12PM-2PM. Register HERE before Friday, September 30, 2022 to ensure that you receive the confidential film screening link.

Challenge Description: Participate in a book discussion featuring Why Are Health Disparities Everyone’s Problem? by Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH. 

Book Cover

Local book discussion participants receive a complimentary copy of the text and curated digital workbook. 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 before Friday, August 12 to secure your spot and book. 






Thursday, October 6


Preface, Introduction

Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA, Executive Director, Center for Health Solutions and Deloitte Health Equity Institute 




Kulleni Gebreyes, MD, MBA, Chief Health Equity Officer, Principal, Deloitte Consulting 

Thursday, October 13


Chapter 1: The Personhood of Patients: Learning by Example

Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, SJD, Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, School of Law, Professor, Department of Bioethics, School of Medicine, and Co-Director, The Law-Medicine Center, School of Law at Case Western Reserve University

Gregory Hall, MD, Internal Medical Physician, Medical Director, University Hospitals Cutler Center for Men, Executive Director, National Institute for African American Health

Thursday, October 20


Chapter 2: The Patient-Physician Relationship 

Debora Bruno, MD, MS, University Hospitals, Member, Population and Cancer Prevention Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Thursday, October 27 


Chapter 3: Developing Solutions to Health Disparities

Adam Perzynski, PhD, MA, BA, Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Sociology, Director, Patient-Centered Media Lab, Center for Health Care Research and Policy, MetroHealth Medical Center 

Thursday, November 3


Chapter 4: The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity

Chidinma Ibe, PhD, Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Patient and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity 

Thursday, November 10 


Chapter 5: From Research to Practice and Policy

Chinenye (ChiChi) Nkemere,  Co-Founder, Enlightened Solutions (Project Noir

Clara Pelfrey, PhD, Associate Professor, Director, Program Evaluation, Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, Case Western Reserve University

Thursday, November 17


Chapter 6: A Global Perspective on Health Equity

Umut Gurkan, PhD, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, CWRU School of Engineering, Member, Cancer Prevention Control & Population Research Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center  

Thursday, December 1


Chapter 7: Health Equity in the Era of COVID-19

David Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, MetroHealth

Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Research Professor, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University  

Challenge Description: Learn about the research experience from community partner organizations’ perspective via this virtual panel. 

Community Research

Organizations and Panelists

The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland - Gulnar Feerasta, Senior Director, Programs

Greater Cleveland Food Bank - Kristen Mikelbank, Sr. Manager of Research and Program Evaluation 

  • Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
  • Time: 12PM-1PM
  • Venue: Zoom  

Attendees will learn:

  • how each organization became involved in research;
  • about the evolution of their perceptions about research and how it evolved over time; and
  • strategies to ensure a successful, authentic community research experience and relationship with investigators and study teams.

Register HERE before Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

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

  • Date: Friday, March 31, 2023
  • Time: 11AM-3PM
  • Venue: TBD 

Registration information to follow in the coming months. 


Do you accept the mission? After you register for each challenge, we’ll create your challenge series profile via REDCap to ensure that you receive all challenge communications and credit for completing challenges. 

Note: Some challenges may require external registration.