Working to reduce health inequities in the Chicago area

The Health EQ Collaborative aims to promote transdisciplinary collaboration and foster solutions to community health disparities by increasing knowledge and awareness of health disparities in the Chicago area through education, research, and community partnerships.


    • Create a Health Equities undergraduate major/ minor
    • Create Health Equity graduate courses
    • Establish faculty and student development programs that focus on equity/diversity/ inclusiveness


          • Generate knowledge of bio/psycho/social mechanisms that contribute to health disparities
          • Investigate innovative strategies that reduce the health impact of adverse physical and/or social environmental exposures
          • Develop and test innovative community and clinically based strategies designed to reduce the impact of exposure to an adverse physical and/or social environment on disparities and improve health outcomes

                    Community Partnerships

                      • Develop/explore new partnerships and identify/strengthen existing strategic community partnerships to focus on health equity
                      • Create replicable and sustainable community partnership models that promote heath equity
                      • Align Loyola’s academic, research and service programs with community partners in order to advance health equity

                              Grants & Funding Opportunities

                              The Health EQ Collaborative invites all Loyola faculty to submit a proposal for a research project, an educational project, or a community partnership project that addresses health equity in Chicago or Illinois communities. Proposals for outside of Chicago or Illinois will not be considered. Health EQ grants focus on social determinants of health, reducing health disparities, and environmental health impact on health disparities.


                              The PI/co-PI must be full-time faculty members at Loyola University Chicago or Loyola University Health System. Co-investigators and other senior personnel may be faculty or staff.

                              Funding Details

                                Proposals up to $50,000 total for a period of up to 1 year, starting July 1, 2022 will be considered. The internal budget award template must be used or the proposal will not be considered for funding. A new LU or PTAP number must be obtained prior to submitting the proposal. Funding is limited. The budget must be accurate, conservative, and carefully reflective of the work. Funds may not be used to cover faculty salary or student tuition. The proposal is to be single spaced and must follow the Health EQ submission template. Funding is competitive; this invitation does not guarantee funding. 

                                Please submit the full proposal using Loyola's Grant Program Portal by February 11, 2022, at 5 p.m. (CT). Questions can be emailed to Kathleen Bobay, PhD, RN.

                                    Important Dates

                                    • Submission due date: February 11, 202,2 at 5 p.m. (CT)
                                    • Funding decision communicated to PIs: April 15, 2022
                                    • IRB approval prior to budget approval: May 15, 2022
                                    • Funding period starts: July 1, 2022


                                    In April 2016, Loyola University Chicago hosted its first Health EQ Conference at the Center for Translational Research and Education on Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus in Maywood. The conference launched a discussion to set the priorities for health disparities initiatives at Loyola. These initiatives were part of the University’s "Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World," a five-year strategic plan that aimed to use its influence to help better society and its surroundings. Following the conference, leaders across Loyola's campuses set to create goals for health disparities initiatives as part of Plan 2020. One of the most important goals was to establish a “Health Disparities Collaborative” to direct all of Loyola's health disparities-related education, research, and community partnership projects.