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.