Institute for Health Equity Research

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has created the Institute for Health Equity Research to promote health programs and policies that help the entire population. The Institute will work collaboratively with an extensive network of patients, providers, payers, policymakers, and industry leaders to ask the right questions. We seek discoveries that translate into sustainable, scalable initiatives.

The Institute works with the Icahn School of Medicine’s health equity researchers who are poised to conduct transformative research on health disparities. We will focus on COVID-19 and other health challenges. We aim to provide disparities research training to a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. This will help prepare a new generation of academic and community researchers to pursue health equity. We will also devise, test, and implement innovative solutions to eliminate disparities in health. We aim to foster long-term collaboration with the community and health disparities researchers.

Our Mission

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System have a deep and unwavering commitment to all we serve. The Institute of Health Equity Research will examine the causes and magnitude of health and health care disparities affecting nonwhite, low-income, immigrant, uninsured, LGBTQ+, and other populations across all ages, abilities, and genders.

What Is Health Equity?

Health equity is the idea that everyone should have a fair opportunity to be healthier, and no one should be disadvantaged from becoming healthier. We achieve this by removing barriers to health such as poverty, discrimination, and adjacent issues including lack of access to good education, housing, fair-paying jobs, and health care.

Why Health Equity Research Is Important

We can only make progress on health equity if we understand the causes of health and health care disparities. Health equity research allows us to study these issues within their naturally occurring social and structural contexts. We then use these insights as we develop interventions, programs, and policy.

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The vision of the Mount Sinai Institute for Health Equity is to nurture durable academic-community partnerships to address health equity in every stage of our research; integrate community perspectives; and develop an infrastructure to disseminate and implement the results of our work. The goal is to achieve health equity locally, regionally, and nationally.

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Our Services

Consultation

The Institute offers a consultation service to researchers working on COVID-19 and other projects in diverse populations. We focus on exploring the magnitude and reasons for disparities in prevalence and outcomes. Experts can provide insight and guide inquiries, strategies, study design, analysis, and research methods. We aim to foster long-term collaborations across departments, institutions, community-based organizations, and clinical entities.

To request a consultation, please complete a Request for Service form.

Researchers, clinicians, educators, staff, students, and administrators solicit questions and concerns that merit further investigation. Through a community portal, they also solicit ideas from New York City community members.

Relevant Data Standards

  • Study Recruitment
  • Study Retention
  • Study Design
  • Study Analysis

  • Health Equity: Equity is the absence of avoidable, unfair, or remediable differences among groups of people, whether those groups are defined socially, economically, demographically, or geographically, or by other means of stratification. "Health equity” or “equity in health” implies that everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential.
    https://www.who.int/topics/health_equity/en/
  • Health Disparities: Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.
    https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/disparities/index.htm
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR): Community-based participatory research is a process that involves community members or recipients of interventions in all phases of the research process. 
    https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2007/jul/06_0182.htm