Carolina Consortium on Health, Inequalities, and Populations (CHIP)

The Carolina Consortium on Health, Inequalities, and Populations (CHIP) brings together a collaborative group of interdisciplinary scholars conducting innovative research aimed at understanding and addressing the social processes that influence population dynamics and health inequalities.

What We Do

In the United States, stark and persistent health inequalities exist by race, class, gender, sexuality, and geography. Reducing and eliminating health inequalities across population groups, both within our state and nationwide, requires an interdisciplinary and multi-method approach that actively and thoughtfully examines the social determinants that produce health inequalities over the life course. In 2013, Dr. Katrina Walsemann responded to this need by establishing the Carolina Consortium on Health, Inequalities, and Populations (CHIP) at the University of South Carolina (U of SC). Since its founding, CHIP has brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars whose research addresses how social processes influence population dynamics and health inequalities.

Primary Research Areas

Life Course and Intergenerational Processes

The study of families, social relationships, and institutions is central to understanding how health inequalities emerge, are modified, or are sustained across the life course.

Identities and Inequalities

The critical role that inequalities due to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and nativity play in producing health inequalities.

Neighborhoods and the Social Environment

How neighborhoods, schools, communities, and the political/social environment shape access to resources (social, cultural, and economic) linked to health.


CHIP Research Team Awarded ASPIRE II Grant

Led by Dr. Katrina Walsemann, a research team of 6 CHIP faculty affiliates and 4 CHIP graduate student affiliates received a $100,000 intramural grant to continue building health, inequalities, and population research at the University of South Carolina. 

The ties that unbind

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, Hartnett (CHIP affiliate) and her co-investigators estimate that 20 percent of U.S. young adults age 25-32 lack relationships with a father figure, while 6% lack relationships with a mother figure.

Think you’re getting less sleep? You’re not alone

More Americans are getting fewer hours of sleep, with the sharpest increases among African American and Hispanic adults.

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