Despite having access to world-class health care, Washington, D.C. suffers enormous health disparities.
The city’s ethnic and racial minorities struggle disproportionately with issues like poverty, HIV/AIDS, heart disease and barriers to health care. While many dedicated health care providers currently care for these vulnerable populations, much more must be done to achieve health equity.
We need a comprehensive strategy to give health care providers the knowledge and tools to treat diverse groups and meet their challenges. By providing health learners with important health equity knowledge and experience, we give them the power to tackle problems of the future.
As a part of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Rodham Institute is ideally situated to harness the existing resources of academia, government and the community in a coordinated fashion to promote health equity, and foster new innovations to address health disparities in D.C. and the nation.
With an innovative curriculum that focuses on health equity and the social determinants of health, students will have the opportunity to participate in a community-based, experiential model, and experience first-hand the true impact of serving vulnerable communities. When we succeed, health professional students will be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to contribute to health equity in the D.C. area and more broadly.
By stimulating interdisciplinary community health quality improvement programs, learners will gain experiential learning opportunities while generating and disseminating best practices to eliminate health disparities. When we succeed there will be an increase in financial and volunteer support for front-line efforts focused on improving the health of the citizens of Washington, D.C.
By nurturing youths in at-risk communities, we will promote careers and opportunities in health care early, and create a future health care system led by dedicated, equity-aware professionals. When we succeed we will see a higher number of clinicians from underrepresented minorities entering health careers and serving communities in D.C.