The Center for Health Equity Research and Policy (CHERP) is housed in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate School of Public Health and brings together students, faculty, and community members to promote research and policy dissemination with respect to population health and health disparities towards the end of fostering health equity for disadvantaged populations. The Center brings together faculty from several colleges, including: the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Health and Human Services, and the College of Sciences at San Diego State University (SDSU). The purpose of CHERP is to generate cutting-edge research that both describes and explains the existence of health disparities in racial/ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged populations. Further, relying on community collaborations, we seek to translate our research into practicable health alternatives using evidenced-based strategies. The ultimate goal of CHERP is to contribute to the understanding and elimination of health disparities that are the direct result of social inequalities which disproportionately affect disadvantaged and marginalized sub-populations across the United States, with a concerted and focused effort in the San Diego region.