The Center for Health Equity and Wellness conducts, supports, and participates in innovative community-based research to promote health equity and improve quality. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations use patient and community population data to monitor differences in healthcare quality, processes and outcomes to implement evidence-based healthcare practices.
Progress Reports & Conferences
Part of the Center’s goal is to enhance knowledge, dissemination, and implementation of best practices key to eliminating health and healthcare disparities. Since 2007, the Center on Health Disparities has developed and disseminated annual progress reports in conjunction with health disparities conferences to bring community stakeholders together and share best practices in research and community interventions to eliminate health disparities locally.
Projects & Partners
The Center for Health Equity and Wellness partners with research and academic institutions in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area to:
- Conduct nationally-recognized research on the causes of health disparities and solutions to achieve health equity,
- Develop strategies for implementing evidence-based research in practice, and
- Improve quality measurement and reporting by race, ethnicity, preferred language, and country of origin.
Project BEAT IT! Becoming Empowered Africans through Improved Treatment of Diabetes, Hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS
BEAT IT! is a project funded by the Office of Minority Health’s National African Immigrant Project, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of this pilot project is to help improve chronic and infectious disease management and health outcomes in the African immigrant community, specifically patients with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, or Type 2 diabetes. The Center for Health Equity and Wellness has developed (1) training for healthcare providers to utilize for providing culturally competent care and support to African immigrant patients with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, or Type 2 diabetes and (2) health education modules to increase health knowledge and promote successful disease management among African immigrants. Desired outcomes for providers include increased awareness and knowledge of culturally competent care, including appropriate intake and discharge procedures. Desired outcomes for patients (also referred to as consumers) include increased awareness and knowledge of health conditions and treatment, increased medication and treatment adherence, and reduced unplanned medical visits. At the end of the project, OMH will disseminate the curricula and findings nationwide.