Health Workforce Research Center – Health Equity

UW received our first grant to support research on the training and education of health professionals in health equity in 2018 through 2022 with grant support in the amount of $1.8 million. Bianca Frogner, PhD is the Director and Principal Investigator and Susan Skillman, MS is the Senior Deputy Director.

What is health equity?
Health equity is the “state in which everyone has the opportunity to attain full health potential, and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this full potential because of social position or other socially defined circumstances” (NASEM, 2017).

What are the social determinants of health (SDOH)?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), SDOH are “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, including the health system. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels, which are themselves influenced by policy choices” (WHO, 2016).

What is the role of the health workforce in addressing health equity and SDOH?
The health workforce plays an important role in addressing SDOH and promoting health equity by delivering culturally and linguistically competent care to reduce health disparities among a population diverse on a number of dimensions (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, geography, socioeconomic status, disability status, language, and age) and partnering with communities to promote population health.

These studies are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.