Become a Health Equity Fellow for A Youth Summer Program!


As a Health Equity Fellow, you'll mentor and train rising 9th graders to conduct health equity research, explore the impacts of racism on health, and foster community action through fun learning experiences like photography and storytelling. Make a positive impact in a new high schooler’s life this summer—grow, lead, inspire!

Dates Open: Immediately
Hire Date: June 2024
Compensation: $7,000
Hours and Duration: Starting July 8, 2024: 24 hours a week for 4 weeks for a total of 96 hours. One week of mandatory training in June.
Location: Waterbury, CT/UConn Waterbury Campus

General Eligibility: • Undergraduate student entering sophomore or senior year in fall 2024. • Relevant experience working with or mentoring diverse youth of color, including immigrant populations. • Demonstrated commitment to racial, gender, and social equity. • Fluent in Spanish/English bilingual (written and spoken) is preferred. • Knowledge of Waterbury neighborhoods and Waterbury Public Schools is preferred. • Familiarity with concepts regarding racial equity, youth empowerment, art and community action, health disparities, stress, social justice, racism, and discrimination is preferred.

Benefits: • Paid fellowship • Receive hours of training and coaching from professionals. • Develop teaching, facilitation, public speaking, teamwork, and leadership skills. • Work with diverse students interested in community action and equity. • Opportunity to continue working with HDI on other health equity initiatives during

Apply now and be part of this meaningful experience!

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Health Equity Week 2024

Join the UConn Health Disparities Institute and Health Equity Solutions for the 2024 Health Equity Week themed around ‘AFFORDING EQUITY’.

Health Equity Week is a week-long annual campaign created to bring awareness and start conversations on advancing health equity throughout the state of Connecticut.
Let’s break down the financial barriers to health equity! Join us for a FULL week of advocacy, learning, and collaboration under this year's theme:



Paid Opportunity: Community Research Advisor / Oportunidad remunerada: Asesor de investigación comunitaria

The UConn Health Disparities Institute (HDI) was contracted by the CT Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health to conduct a community-based participatory research (CBPR) and planning process. We are recruiting a team of community research advisors who will be trained in CBPR and work with HDI researchers to carry out a statewide racial equity assessment.

Please share this short-term paid opportunity with individuals in your network who have experienced racism and are interested in advancing research in racial equity. Your assistance in sharing this information is greatly appreciated.

You will find attached detailed information in English and Spanish about the position and instructions on applying. Applications are due March 27th, 2024.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or have questions, please contact Valen Diaz at or 860-679-7624. HDI will also host a series of virtual open houses that anyone can attend to learn more about this opportunity. See the attached description for dates, times, and how to join. Thank you.

El Instituto de Disparidades en Salud (Health Disparities Institute, HDI) de la UConn fue contratado por la Comisión de Equidad Racial en Salud Pública de Connecticut (CT Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health) para llevar a cabo una investigación participativa basada en la comunidad (community-based participatory research, CBPR) y un proceso de planificación. Estamos reclutando un equipo de asesores de investigación comunitaria que recibirán capacitación en CBPR y trabajarán con investigadores del HDI para llevar a cabo una evaluación de equidad racial en todo el estado.

Comparta esta oportunidad remunerada a corto plazo con personas en su red que tengan experiencia en racismo y estén interesadas en promover la investigación sobre equidad racial. Agradecemos enormemente su ayuda para compartir esta información.

Adjunto encontrará información detallada en inglés y español sobre el puesto e instrucciones para presentar su postulación. Las postulaciones deben entregarse a más tardar el 27 de marzo de 2024.

Si le interesa obtener más información sobre esta oportunidad o tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Valen Diaz at o 860-679-7624. El HDI también organizará una serie de actividades abiertas virtuales abiertas al público para brindar más información sobre esta oportunidad. Vea la descripción adjunta para conocer las fechas, horas y cómo participar. Gracias.

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Advancing Health Equity in Boys and Men of Color Fund

The Health Disparities Institute is taking part in #UConnGives


Affiliates, alliances, friends, you know that the UConn HDI is a recognized force multiplier for the advancement of health equity among boys and men of color (BMOC). BMOC are essential to sustaining innovation and economic vitality in Connecticut and around our nation. Yet, we often lose them to poor health conditions long before they reach their fullest potential. As a result, we established CT’s first Multisector Alliance for Health Equity among BMOC, which culminated in the production of the 2018 statewide report card on health equity in boys and men of color – a document that is being leveraged by leaders to transform care delivery processes. We take a collective impact approach to design youth-centered, community-led initiatives, and arts-based strategies. Our goal is to help BMOC radically heal, grow, and thrive.

Our HDI team is excited to participate in UConn Gives, the fourth annual giving day for UConn! UConn Gives will be taking place on March 30-31, 2022. For 36 hours, all of UConn Nation will be coming together to support the university we love. 

During those 36 hours, we will be raising funds to enhance a range of research, programs, and policy initiatives designed to promote positive mental and physical health outcomes among BMOC and enable BMOC to live their healthiest lives.

Here are 3 ways you can support our cause:

  1. Spread the word about our cause to your friends and professional networks to give to the BMOC Fund.
  2. Follow us @UConnHDI on Twitter, IG, & Facebook and/or via our email newsletters. Re-share our posts and tag us @UConnHDI and/or forward our emails to your networks. Get involved in the conversation:  How does your organization help BMOC heal, grow, and thrive in CT? Let us know using the hashtags #BMOCAlliance, #BMOCFund, and #UConnGives. 
  3. Give to the Advancing Health Equity in Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) Fund.

Can we count on you?


UConn HDI Team

P.S. Follow along with the hashtags #BMOCAlliance, #BMOCFund, and #UConnGives on your social media. 

HDI is participating in #UConnGives! All Paws In!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for #UConnGives on March 23-24 and team up with the UConn Health Disparities Institute (HDI) in gearing up for the #BMOCSummit.

What is the #BMOCSummit? Held during Men’s Health Month in June, the community-centered, virtual State of Health Equity among Boys & Men of Color Summit & Ideas Lab will propel research, practice, and policy transformation innovation to advance health equity and radical healing among boys and men of color.

#UConnGives, the third annual giving day for UConn, will take place on March 23-24, 2021 and we are participating to raise funds for the #BMOCSummit! For 36 hours, all of UConn Nation will be coming together to support the university and communities we love. We hope you will join us and support the #BMOCSummit.

Can we count on your support on March 23-24th? Be part of the change! Be a Summit donor.

HDI Team

P.S. Help us promote or follow us using the hashtags, #BMOCSummit and #UConnGives. Tag us @UConnHDI on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram too! All Paws In!

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Save the Date BMOC Summit 2021

Save the Date BMOC Summit 2021


Mark your calendars, write it down, or add to your mobile wallpaper! The State of Health Equity among Boys & Men of Color Summit will be held on June 8th - June 10th. Details for registration out soon! You are the change! 

*The 2.5 day summit is created WITH boys and men of color and in service to transforming systems for behavioral health equity AMONG boys and men of color.