For Health Equity and Justice
Poor health in the United States and globally is due to systems and processes that perpetuate health injustice. YSPH examines how historical and current systems of privilege and power related to race, class, sex, age, sexual orientation, place and other identities create unequal, unjust and avoidable burdens on health. YSPH develops and implements innovative interventions, policies and programs that dismantle these structural factors to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities, whether locally, nationally or globally. YSPH seeks to achieve this by:
- Developing a world-class public health practice, research, training, education and outreach program based on equitable community engagement and implementation science.
- Promoting research in health equity and social justice.
- Fostering training through the expansion of our new U.S. Health Justice Concentration, which provides students with practical experience in organizing, advocacy and policy skills that prepare them to advance justice.
- Creating community research collaborations by establishing long-lasting and robust partnerships with community-based organizations.
Improving health care quality and access requires a health justice approach that examines equity through the lenses of economics and history. Special challenges include ensuring healthy aging in a growing elderly population and nurturing wellness in vulnerable populations: low-income children, women, the LGBTQ+ community, incarcerated people, ethnic and racial minorities, immigrants, refugees and food- or housing-insecure people. Our Office of Public Health Practice, and our new academic concentrations in social justice and maternal and child health, will be a vehicle for this work, engaging students through internships, preceptorships and thesis work.
Collaborate With Us
Gift opportunities to advance scholarship in health equity and justice range from $5,000 to $1.5 million for faculty research innovation funds to support pilot projects, doctoral fellowships, Health Equity Fellowships, internships, and more: