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 Cyndy Snyder is the Deputy Principal Investigator.

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.

2018-2019 Studies

  • A Landscape Analysis of Health Workforce Grow Your Own (GYO) Programs

Objective: This project explores the status of Grow Your Own (GYO) programs focused on the health workforce. Applying theories and models from the field of education, we will identify the number and status of healthcare GYO programs in the U.S.; locations of programs; most common occupations; the nature of curriculum, pathways, and partnerships; and program outcomes.

  • Implicit Race and Gender Bias, Bias Awareness, and Impact of a Course for Clinical Faculty

Objective: This study examines whether exposure to a short course on implicit bias in the clinical and learning environment, and strength of implicit race and gender bias, are associated with an increase in clinical faculty awareness of bias, change in bias awareness and development of strategies to improve patient care and teaching.

  • Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs through Holistic Admissions Reviews

Objective: This study will explore how racial and ethnic diversity is incorporated in admissions criteria for nursing schools and the outcomes of these admissions processes.

  • Health Workforce in Health Equity Research: Who, What, When, Where, and How

Objective: This study will explore ongoing activity, opportunities, and gaps in research that addresses the role of healthcare workers in promoting health equity by examining online grants databases over the last decade. We will examine funding sources, occupations studied, outcomes examined, and grantee institutions among federally and privately funded research projects.