Improving Health Equity: Guidance for Health Care Organizations

Eight US health care organizations — diverse in size, geographic location, and patient populations — participated in the two-year Pursuing Equity initiative, led by the IHI, from 2017 to 2019.

These organizations used the five-component equity framework — first articulated in the 2016 IHI White Paper, Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations — to reduce inequities in health and health care access, treatment, and outcomes.

The eight teams participating in Pursuing Equity wrote a summary report to share their lessons and tactics for improving equity in their health systems.

Our hope is that these reports will support other health systems in their efforts to improve health equity by providing practical tips, building will for health care’s role in championing equity, and presenting examples for how to use the IHI framework to organize equity improvement efforts.

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