Making a Difference, Here & Beyond
The community invests in Dell Med. In return, it’s our responsibility — one we take seriously — to be agents for change and to show real impact.
OUR WORK
More Information
PARTICIPATE
COLLABORATE
Creating a New Kind of Doctor
We recruit and train physician leaders as comfortable taking on systemic challenges in health as caring for individual patients.
ARE YOU ONE?
Improving Care. Improving Health.
We’re here to make health — including health care — better. The end goal is a complete revolution in how people get and stay healthy.
WHAT IT MEANS
Discovery to Impact — Faster
We reward creative thinking and encourage rapid experimentation, using collaborative programs to speed promising research to market.
SEE HOW
More Information
Let’s Do Big Things Together
True health demands that the whole work in harmony, which is why we’re dedicated to partnership. Indeed, we can’t achieve our goals without it.
LEARN MORE
More Information
PARTICIPATE
Meet Dell Med
We’re rethinking the role of academic medicine in improving health — and doing so with a unique focus on our community.
ABOUT US
More Information
Make an Appointment Directory Give Faculty Students
Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.

Entrenched inequities exist within systems and continue to affect people’s abilities to have a “fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.” Dell Med’s ongoing work in this area addresses contributors to health within this larger context, while upholding racial equity as a foundational principle.

Health Equity Strategic Map

The Health Equity Strategic Map depicts the key elements of Dell Med’s three-year strategy to demonstrably and sustainably embed health equity as an operating principle in all areas of the organization in order to ensure achievement of its mission.

To lay the foundation for broader external-facing health equity work, the initial 12 months of the map’s implementation will focus on internal progress within the organization, with specific emphasis on advancing five priority tracks of work:

  1. Ensure leadership understanding, commitment and engagement
  2. Build partnership between Dell Medical School, Central Health and Ascension Seton
  3. Complete data-driven needs analysis
  4. Adopt a health equity approach to research
  5. Establish health equity educational competencies

The priorities, objectives and work outlined in the strategy require consistent alignment with Dell Med’s aspirational culture, and the strategic map will progress with staff, students and faculty participation from across the organization.

Policy Work

Policy is a key function to address the systemic nature of health equity work, in which existing systems reflect entrenched, rampant and often unacknowledged inequities. To that end, in addition to its initial focus on internal organizational culture change, Dell Med’s health equity work includes creating policies that directly address inequities.

Other organizations are engaged in similar policy endeavors. For example, the American Academy of Family Physicians is advancing health equity through its policies on topics such as linguistically appropriate care, human trafficking and keeping physicians in rural practice. Meanwhile, the American Public Health Association offers an online database of policy statements for reference and use in advocacy, and Policy Link introduces health equity broadly and makes the policy case for data disaggregation to advance a culture of health.

Learn about the work