Center for Global Health Equity 

Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon ’77 has called upon the Dartmouth community to take on the world’s most pressing challenges. Few issues are more pervasive and complex than the inequities in health and healthcare that millions face worldwide.

At Dartmouth, we tackle the tough questions in global health. We examine the social, economic, and political factors that drive health outcomes, and we apply a critical lens to our own global health work. This ensures that we cultivate long-term, equitable relationships with partners in medically underserved communities in the U.S. and worldwide—and that together we advance health and health equity for individuals, families, and communities. Now, to strengthen and grow this important work, Dartmouth is uniting its global health programs under a single structure, the Center for Global Health Equity, based at the Geisel School of Medicine.


Check Your Privilege at the Border | Lisa V. Adams, MD, Director of the Center for Global Health Equity

After 10 years of working in global health, Adams learned firsthand how easy it is for U.S. partners to inadvertently steamroll a global partnership and jeopardize an entire project. Adams explains in this TEDx Talk what’s at risk when partners from wealthy countries collaborate with low-income partners—and explains why equity in partnership is essential to achieving global health equity.

Vision for a New Paradigm

We will lead a new paradigm in global health education and practice to solve some of the most complex challenges facing medically underserved communities worldwide, and we will train future global health leaders who have the professional and interpersonal skills, the cultural humility, and the experience needed to work effectively within interdisciplinary, multi-national teams.

International and Domestic Partners

International Partnerships

  • Arctic–Leading The Lancet Commission on Arctic Health
  • Central American Healthcare Initiative–Education and training collaboration
  • China–Chongqing Medical University bilateral student exchanges
  • Colombia–Mental healthcare delivery
  • Greenland–Health issues facing indigenous peoples
  • Haiti–TB and HIV care
  • Honduras–Cervical cancer prevention and treatment
  • Kosovo–Cancer and palliative care; Maternal and child healthcare delivery
  • Nicaragua–Hearing loss prevention and treatment
  • Peru–Emergency preparedness and telehealth
  • Rwanda–Healthcare workforce development
  • Tanzania–TB vaccine development; TB prevention and treatment; Pediatric HIV care delivery; Research training in infectious disease

Domestic Partnerships

  • Native American Communities in Maine and Minnesota–Promoting healthy behaviors in the context of cultural traditions
  • New Hampshire and Vermont–Free health clinics and health education for migrant farm workers, refugees, and the underserved

For more information, please contact Bob Holley:
Robert.D.Holley@dartmouth.edu  |  603-653-0733


$7M in Gifts Fuel Center for Global Health Equity

Philanthropic gifts from four families totaling $7 million will support health equity programs across Dartmouth College and the Geisel School of Medicine. The gifts will accelerate the growth of the new Center for Global Health Equity, bringing together thriving international and domestic health equity programs at Geisel and Dartmouth’s Dickey Center for International Understanding.

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