The Equity in Health Systems (EqHS) Lab was established in September 2021 by Dr. Jerry Maniate.. Drawing together leaders, influencers and learners from diverse backgrounds has facilitated the creation of a unique community and social network that is based on shared principles and approach
What Drives Us
Equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility (EDIA) - as well as belonging - are critical to better care, experience, and outcomes in the health system.
Historically, EDIA initiatives and efforts have often appeared to be symbolic or performative and not transformative, with minimal if any positive impact on the health system for those populations seeking care or working within it who face structural racism or barriers.
Health system leaders, funders and users have begun to recognize that we must collectively grapple with, and address the numerous real world problems that impede the care and outcomes people need.
We must approach EDI research in healthcare in a new way that is:
driven by theory
applied to the real-life context
transformational to our health system
The right approach and the right team will provide different perspectives on problems, create comprehensive research questions, develop consensus clinical definitions and guidelines, and drive towards comprehensive health services.
What is important to us
We are a community of interdisciplinary researchers, clinicians, learners, patient partners and community partners who are exploring novel strategies to improve the experience that occurs in our health system for individuals from structurally excluded and marginalized populations.
We will be striving to explore the key concepts of social determinants of health and its impact on our communities and health systems through an equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) and belonging lens. We will be partnering with organizations, institutions and community groups to identify and evaluate strategies that move us forward.
We focus on building relationships and trust in order to co-create strategies that are meaningful, sustainable and have a positive social impact on our community.
Our Lab is a community that:
Seeks to understand the inequities that impact the health of our community
Co-creates and evaluates high impact interventions to address health disparities within communities
Fosters collaboration among researchers, clinicians, learners and community members, and
Educates and supports junior investigators (health professions students, resident physicians, graduate students, junior faculty and others) to produce actionable and sustainable research