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.


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Pediatric nutrition counseling may be ‘underutilized tool’ in primary care

Pediatric nutrition counseling occurred in fewer than 4% of annual wellness visits in South Carolina during an 8-year span despite national recommendations encouraging clinicians to do so.

The Age That Women Have
Babies: How a Gap Divides America

Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a new analysis of four decades of births shows that the age that women become mothers varies significantly by geography and education.

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