Working Together to End Health Disparities

CHAS will continue to provide administrative and financial support to programs, Centers, Institutes, faculty and students who petition for sponsorship to incubate, organize or host their programmatic initiatives. This page will be dynamic as co-sponsorships develop and/or recur. If you have an idea or know of a potential co-sponsorship opportunity, please contact us!


Center for Translational and Policy Research of Chronic Diseases Annual Symposium

The Center for Translational and Policy Research of Chronic Diseases hosts an annual symposium to bring together campus faculty, staff and students to discuss aspect of chronic disease in relation to health and policy impacts. Panelists comprised of campus researchers and external colleagues moderate and present on each year's annual theme. CHAS has sponsored the symposium for years and is honored to continue support of the symposium series. For more details on their upcoming symposium, to be held October 31 of this year, please proceed to the Annual Symposium website. Further information is available on the CTPRCD website regarding the Center's other activities.


The Smart Decarceration Initiative (SDI) is a collaborative effort to end mass incarceration, co-directed by CHAS Fellow Matthew Epperson and Washington University in St. Louis's Carrie Pettus-Davis. Specifically SDI works at: advancing innovations in policy and practice, identifying a continuum of viable exit strategies from the criminal justice system​, and cultivating networks to promote new approaches and perspectives​. CHAS is pleased to co-sponsor SDI's 2nd National Conference taking place November 2-4, 2017. Registration will open during the summer of 2017.


The Professional Development Program (PDP) 

PDP is SSA's Continuing Education department offering an ongoing series of courses, workshops and lectures addressing the evolving issues and challenges faced by social workers and human service professionals in both clinical and administrative roles. CHAS has co-sponsored several events and works with the PDP consistently.


Most recently, on April 26, 2017, CHAS co-sponsored a PDP event which hosted Dr. Emeran Mayer, gastroenterologist and author of The Mind-Gut ConnectionDr. Mayer's research combines latest in neuroscience and on the human microbiome to suggest revolutionary new ways of treating the mental and physical health disorders. (see photo gallery)

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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)

On April 24, 2017 CHAS co-sponsored CLAS's Roundtable Discussion: Health Sector Reform in Honduras. Panelists for the event included: 

  • Yolany Batres Cruz, Former Minister of Health, and Advisor on Health Services Decentralization
  • Sandra Pinel, Undersecretary for Integrated Networks and Health Services, Honduran Ministry of Health
  • Hugo Godoy, Health Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank in Honduras
  • Krister Andersson, Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder

The event was moderated by CHAS Fellow Alan Zarychta, professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

CHAS is excited to present the white paper on the 2014 Social Work and the Affordable Care Act prepared by Christina Andrews and Teri Browne. It can be accessed online at You can also click here to download the document.