At Penn Medicine, we aim to provide high quality, family-centered care for all of our patients, regardless of personal characteristics while delivering such equitable care within an inclusive clinical learning environment that support all members of a diverse workforce
Through the Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement, we have affirmed our commitments to these goals by providing the infrastructure needed to educate, innovate, and advance efforts designed to eliminate health and healthcare disparities.
“We envision a health system where every diverse voice is heard, where every unique perspective is considered,” explained Jaya Aysola, MD, MPH (Executive Director). “Promoting an inclusive culture benefits not only those that work, train, study, and/or advance science within our health system, but also those that seek care here. When we value each other it enhances our ability to care for our patients.”
Health Equity Priorities at Penn
By partnering with The Office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the Health Equity Advancement team at Penn sets system-wide health equity priorities for both patients and Penn employees to create a learning health system dedicated to achieving equitable patient outcomes and better value, that promotes data-driven solutions to achieve health equity.
The team is led by Dr. Jaya Aysola (Executive Director), Rosemary Thomas, MPH, CHES (Director of Operations) and members of the Health Equity Task Force ─ an interdisciplinary team of staff, faculty, house staff, administrators, and health care providers representing Penn Medicine and the Penn Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Social Policy and Practice. The Task Force aims to ensure that the Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement’s priorities for both patients and Penn employees are met through collaboration with internal stakeholders and community partners.
Learn more about the team.
The Blueprint for Health Equity and Inclusion
The Blueprint for Health Equity and Inclusion, modeled after the Blueprint for Quality and Safety, guides the work of the Center for Health Equity Advancement and details three imperatives and associated priority action items centered on providing high quality, family-centered care to all patients regardless of personal characteristics.
Penn Medicine adopted the Blueprint in 2016 in an effort to chart our course towards achieving Health Equity.
- Value: Reduce Unnecessary Variations in Care by Personal Characteristics
- Engagement: Provide Patient and Family Centered, Culturally Effective Care
- Inclusion: Ensure a Diverse and Inclusive Clinical Learning and Work Environment
“Health equity is about ensuring that all of our patients are treated in the way that they need to be treated without regard to their personal characteristics,” said Patrick J. Brennan, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “That’s our goal at Penn Medicine.”
View the Blueprint for Health Equity and Inclusion.
Learn more about Penn's current initiatives and activities dedicated to the successful implementation of the Blueprint for Health Equity and Inclusion:
- American Hospital Association (AHA) #123 Equity Pledge to Act to Eliminate Health Care Disparities Pledge Report
- In 2017, Penn Medicine signed the AHA Equity Pledge to affirm and build upon our existing commitment to achieving health equity here at Penn Medicine.
- Improving collection of patient demographic data
- Identifying and addressing health care disparities
- Fostering Inclusion
- Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health
- The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health aims to increase access to care, quality of care and patient satisfaction for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer people.
News and Scholarly Publications
For more information about health equity at Penn Medicine, contact Rosemary Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.