June 17, 2024

Roadmap for Health Equity | The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Creating an environment that connects everyone to the opportunities and support they need requires data-driven, information-based planning, transparent goals, committed leadership and individual accountability.

Our intention is to:

  • Comprehensive policies
  • Comprehensive workplaces
  • Comprehensive language
  • Comprehensive research
  • Comprehensive care

To foster this transformation, we have developed a multi-year Roadmap for Health Equity that holds us accountable for our stated commitment, individual fiscal year activities and honest evaluation.

While the Office of Health Equity is the primary director of this roadmap, every member of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center – including faculty, staff and learners – plays an important role in our ultimate success.

Our Ambition

Through our actions and partnerships, we will co-create an inclusive and equitable environment for those who work here, learn here, contact us for care and live in the communities we serve.

Take into account

To foster a culture of inclusion, belonging and compassion among the people who work here, learn here, and contact us for care.

At all levels and across faculty, staff and learners:

  • A representation of the communities we serve.
  • Reducing reports of racism, bias and discrimination.

Care

To provide comprehensive, respectful healthcare services of the highest possible quality so that patients can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

Our accountability measures include:

  • Improve patient data collection on race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability status, as required by regulatory agencies.
  • Increased proportion of patients screened and referred for health-related social needs (including food insecurity, income, housing, education, transport and access to healthcare).
  • Reduced variations in 30-day readmission rates, length of stay, quality/safety outcomes and satisfaction rates.
  • Increase access to cancer screening services by creating new programs for colorectal cancer screening.
  • Reduction of variation in patient satisfaction rates.

Co-Creator

Co-creating solutions with people and organizations in the communities we serve to advance health equity.

Our accountability measures include:

  • Create an inventory of community engagement activities and resources.
  • Improved number of faculty, staff and learners trained in community engagement.
  • Increase the number and quality of solutions co-created and co-scaled with the community per year.

Innovation

To create, evaluate and share solutions to change the quality and comprehensiveness of health care services and to change the conditions that create them.

Our accountability measures include:

  • Increased number of health equity research submissions, awards and publications.
  • More health equity research funding.
  • Greater diversity of researchers and research participants.

Champagne

Lead improvements in the conditions that create systemic disadvantage and inequitable health outcomes through advocacy, programs and policy initiatives.

Our accountability measures include:

  • Increased health equity ratings and increased number of related awards.
  • Increased variety of suppliers.
  • Increasing the accessibility of physical and virtual spaces.

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