The Institute of Medicine’s Crossing the Quality Chasm Report points to equity as one of six pivotal aims health systems need to focus on in order to continue to improve the quality of care given to patients. All patients—regardless of race, ethnicity, age, social status, primary language spoken, sexual orientation, level of education, or place of residence—should receive a consistent level of care and have access to the most appropriate resources. MedStar Health Research Institute is committed to health equity and is taking significant steps to extend health equity efforts through the development of its Health Equity Plan.
The Health Equity Plan is a initiative with three goals:
- To ensure equity is a core component of research conducted across the MedStar system.
- To ensure researchers are trained in health equity and research grants are viewed through an equity lens.
- To engage in a participatory and partnered approach to implement the Health Equity Plan.