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Equitable Healthcare

Helping medicine fit people—all people.

The Equitable Healthcare Action Lab engages with industry partners to address the drivers of healthcare inequity. We’re both committed to creating impact and change at the community and health system levels, as well as developing generalizable knowledge and practices for broad use.

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Imagine a healthcare system that works for everyone.

Through demonstration projects, advising and capacity building, community engagement, and funded research, we tackle five known drivers of inequity in healthcare delivery:

  • Reimbursement-driven disparities in payment models
  • Care models
  • Workforce development & lack of workforce diversity
  • Data & technology
  • Demographic disparities

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Creating community-effective primary care with Rush

ID and Rush University seek to create more equitable healthcare delivery for Chicago’s underserved populations, particularly those on the South and West sides.

Designing care models with University of Chicago Medicine

ID is working with University of Chicago Medicine to create efficient patient discharge processes, optimize trauma resuscitations, and design a new hospital-at-home service line.

Developing workforce pathways with Rosalind Franklin University

ID has partnered with Rosalind Franklin University to develop a healthcare workforce pipeline program for high school students in high-hardship communities.

Virtual Summit: Equitable Primary Care in the Community

Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter introduced a panel of experts to launch the Rush-ID Action Lab project on equitable healthcare.

Panelists with direct experience in the community or designing community programs discussed the challenges of primary care in Chicago’s most under-served communities.


Kim Erwin

Kim Erwin

Associate Professor of Healthcare Design and Design Methods & Equitable Healthcare Action Lab Director

Contact Lab Director Kim Erwin for inquiries about and partnerships with the Equitable Healthcare Action Lab.

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