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 is Principal Investigator and Susan Skillman 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.
Funding amount: $616,390
- Y2-1: Explaining Wage Variation Across Race/Ethnicity among RNs and APRNs
- Y2-2: Best Practices in Experiential Education to Educate Health Professionals on Heath Equity
- Y2-3: The Potential Burden of Being Underrepresented in Health Professional Programs
- Y2-4: Disability Competency Training in Medical Education
- Y2-5: Increasing Access to Doulas to Support a Diverse Population
- Y2-6S: What Types of Changes in Employment Status Have Been Most Common Among Health Care Workers as a Result of the COVID-19 Emergency?
- Y2-7S: What is Being Done to Prepare the Rural Health Workforce for COVID-19?
Funding amount: $536,462
- Y1-1: Examining Wage Disparities by Race and Ethnicity of Healthcare Workers
- Y1-2: Implicit Race and Gender Bias, Bias Awareness, and Impact of a Course for Clinical Faculty
- Y1-3: Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Associate Degree Programs in Nursing
- Y1-4: Health Workforce in Health Equity Research: Who, What, When, Where, and How
- Y1-5S: Criminal background checks and drug testing in health workforce employment: implications for health equity?
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.