Health Equity Goals and Objectives

Health Equity is one of the essential components of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Institute for Health and Society (IHS). The Institute was launched in July 2010 to improve health and advance health equity through community and academic partnerships. In addition to Health Equity, IHS also includes, Bioethics, Biostatistics, Community Engagement, Education, Global Health, and Research components.


The Health Equity and Partnerships Division works to enhance affiliations with other health systems, forge partnerships with federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and develop models that uniquely establish a Partners in Health Model to advance health promotion for underserved populations. In addition to working with health systems and FQHCs, key partnerships are fostered with community based groups/organizations, individuals, as well as within the private sector and with policy makers.


  1. Examine the impact of health care systems on uninsured and other populations most affected by persistent health disparities.
  2. Investigate real-time government policy and provider initiatives in health information technology (IT) and quality improvement to be played out on a large, complex, and dynamic stage among multiple stakeholders.
  3. Create opportunities for dialogue and engagement to result in improved quality health outcomes for persons from lower-socioeconomic communities.

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