Center for Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to CHW

The Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) fosters research and teaching on the multiple aspects of health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries. 

The center’s goals are to understand the determinants of health and wellbeing and the role that public policy plays in shaping the quality of people’s lives, and to educate undergraduates and graduate students who aspire to careers in health and health policy.

Since its inception in 2000, CHW has convened an active interdisciplinary community of researchers who work on health, wellbeing and health policy. 

It has also developed high-quality teaching programs in health and health policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Read more

Upcoming Events

Global Health Colloquium: "Community-Led Transformation to Advance Child Health Equity and Justice: Global Trends and Emerging Bright Spots"
Fri, Mar 1, 2024, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

The infant mortality rate, or the probability that a child will not live to their first birthday, and maternal mortality rate are widely accepted indicators of population health and wellbeing.  A greater proportion of people die from pregnancy and childbirth-related causes in the United States than any other high-income country in…

Robertson Hall. Bowl 2
Free & open to the public
Global Health Colloquium: "The National Overdose Crisis: Causes, Solutions and What You Can Do"
Fri, Mar 22, 2024, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Almost 110,000 Americans died from drug overdose last year, more than car accidents or gun deaths. Join us for a pivotal talk by Scott Walters, PhD, on the roots and impact of the national overdose crisis. Dr. Walters will trace the history of the crisis through changes in prescribing practices, the evolution of the heroin supply, economic…

Robertson Hall, Bowl 16
Free & open to the public
Gender Policy Network Reproductive Justice Panel
Mon, Mar 25, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

The historic Dobbs (2022) decision struck down the constitutional right to abortion access in the United States. Even before Dobbs, activists were calling attention to systemic disparities in reproductive and sexual health. These disparities have worsened since the Supreme Court decision, wherein economically privileged groups are more likely…

Asa Cristina Laurell: Health Reforms in Latin America
Wed, Mar 27, 2024, 3:00 pm4:20 pm

Health care systems in Latin America have been subject  to substantial reforms for many years. Over the past two decades, scholars and policy experts have debated between two models of health care reform: one that proposes the creation of a market for health insurance and the competition among private and public institutions, and an…

Location TBA (open to students, faculty, visiting scholars & staff)