Urban Universities for HEALTH - Metrics Toolkit Launch
Natalie S. Burke, President and CEO, CommonHealth ACTION
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Barbara Tobias, Robert & Myfanwy Smith Chair of Family Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
More than 60 million Americans live in areas without enough health care providers to meet demand – primarily in minority and low-income communities, where residents are less likely to be insured and suffer disproportionately from chronic disease. These workforce shortages and their resulting health disparities have had a devastating impact on our collective health, wellness, and life expectancy, and have cost our nation billions in unnecessary spending and lost productivity. Universities are uniquely positioned to help address health inequities and can play a large role in their community by educating a workforce to meet local needs. However, university leaders may not know all the options available by which they can influence the workforce, or which strategies to implement. Urban Universities for HEALTH (Health Equity through Alignment, Leadership, and Transformation of the Health workforce) has developed an interactive, web-based toolkit to help university leaders measure efforts to build a diverse, culturally competent health and scientific workforce. The toolkit will be unveiled at an upcoming web launch on Monday, June 26. We invite university leaders, health professions deans, diversity professionals, public health experts, foundation representatives, and all other interested stakeholders to attend this special event.