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Henry Ford Health System’s Healthcare Equity Scholars Program

Project Description: The Healthcare Equity Scholars Program will be an outgrowth of an existing educational effort. It will be a year-long program designed to create experts in the field of healthcare equity, able to conduct research and quality improvement work aimed at eliminating healthcare disparities and to create organizational change at the departmental or institutional levels. In addition to attending skills-based workshops, each of the twenty participants will implement a project within their own department or business unit within the health system. A team of experts will be available to provide guidance and technical assistance on the projects, and successful ones will be spread throughout the System at an annual Quality Expo, and at leadership and board meetings. As our communities become increasingly diverse, it is important to have a cadre of health system employees capable of addressing the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse populations to ensure that there is equity in quality and safety, patient satisfaction, and employee engagement. The Healthcare Equity Scholars Program will serve that purpose.

Primary contact: Denise White Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.; Director, Institute on Multicultural Health
Institution: Henry Ford Health System

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