Institute for Health Equity Research

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has created the Institute for Health Equity Research to study how our systems have led to groups of individuals being disproportionately and unjustly impacted by inequitable policies and practices that lead to excesses in illness, suffering and death.  The Institute will work collaboratively with an extensive network of patients, providers, payers, policymakers, and industry leaders to produce discoveries that translate into sustainable, scalable initiatives that impact real-world policies, systems and environments.

Our Mission

To examine the causes and magnitude of health and health care disparities affecting nonwhite, low-income, immigrant, uninsured, LGBTQ+, and other vulnerable populations across all ages, abilities, and genders in order to will devise, test, and implement innovative solutions to eliminate disparities in health while fostering long-term collaborations with community organizations and policymakers.

The Institute brings together health equity researchers from many disciplines across the Icahn School of Medicine, who are poised to conduct transformative research on health disparities.  The health impacts of COVID-19 and of the economic disruption caused by the pandemic will be a particular focus but the pre-existing health challenges of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stress, and other chronic conditions will also be investigated.  The Institute will also provide disparities research training to a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve and helps prepare a new generation of academic and community researchers to pursue health equity.

Why Health Equity Research Is Important

Health equity is the idea that everyone should have all of the resources needed to be healthy: nutritious food, stable housing, safe places to play and exercise, good education, fair-paying jobs, clean air & water, quality health care, and freedom from exploitation and racism.

Progress towards health equity requires that the myriad causes of health and health care disparities be understood and addressed.  Health equity research studies these issues within their naturally occurring social and structural contexts and allows the development of strategies, programs, and policies to eliminate barriers to health.

Our Services

The Institute offers a consultation service to researchers working on COVID-19 and other projects in diverse populations, who lack formal training in disparities research.  Institute experts can provide insight and guide inquiries, strategies, study design, analysis, and research methods.  This service is designed 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

Equity Hub & Community Portal

Researchers, clinicians, educators, staff, students and administrators are to solicit questions and concerns that merit further investigation. Through a Community Portal, they will also solicit ideas from NYC community members.

Community Town Hall: A virtual Town Hall Series on Covid-19, racism and other intersecting topics.

COVID-19 & Racism Town Hall Meeting

  • 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 ideally everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential.
  • 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.
  • CBPR: Community-based participatory research is a processthat involves community members or recipients of interventions in all phases of the research process.