At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, our goal is to expand access to health care and elevate the experience and outcomes for every patient, employee, learner and member of our community.
To help us accomplish this, we have established a formal Health Equity program to engage every person in our organization to rethink and continually improve how we teach medicine, recruit and retain employees, provide ongoing training, structure research programs and deliver care. We do this to build trust and empower our own team, patients and community.
Our Core Pillars
Through our actions and partnerships, we will co-create an inclusive and equitable environment for those who work here, learn here, engage with us for care and live in the communities we serve.
Include: Foster a culture of inclusiveness, belonging, and empathy among the people who work here, learn here, and engage with us for care.
Care: Deliver inclusive, respectful health care services of the highest quality possible so every patient has the same potential for a longer, fulfilling life.
Co-create: Co-create solutions with people and organizations in the communities we serve to advance health equity.
Innovate: Create, evaluate and share solutions to transform the quality and inclusiveness of health care services and change the conditions that create inequities.
Champion: Lead improvements in the conditions that create systemic disadvantage and inequitable health outcomes through advocacy, programs and policy initiatives.
Explore current Health Equity initiatives
Determined to improve care and advance knowledge in medicine, thousands of Health Equity champions in many different roles across the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have joined different volunteer groups to help us eradicate racism; advance our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; and connect with marginalized members of the community.
Leading health equity, inclusive excellence and community engagement efforts
Chyke Doubeni, MD, MPH, is an internationally recognized leader in clinical prevention, health policy, community engagement and health equity with sustained ongoing program of NIH/NCI-funded research. He joined the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center as chief health equity officer July 1, 2022. He brings together efforts for advancing health equity and oversees policies and programs on diversity, belonging, accessibility, bias and discrimination. Under his leadership, we will develop new and enhance existing clinical programs and care delivery mechanisms, as well as community engagement programs, to equitably improve our healthcare quality and health outcomes in the communities we serve. He is a tenured professor of family medicine and holds the endowed Klotz Chair in Cancer Research.