We strongly believe that every patient, no matter his or her race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, and sexual identity, should receive high-quality, safe, timely, and patient-centered care.
Unfortunately, the care that many individuals across Ohio and our nation receive is not homogeneous. As described in the 2002 Institute of Medicine report “Unequal Treatment,” there are patient and provider factors that contribute to variation in care delivery, barriers to utilization of care, and differences in outcomes. Such health disparities are most striking amongst those from vulnerable populations, specifically racial and ethnic minorities and those of low socioeconomic status.
For example, in the realm of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the following are well-documented disparities:
In the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (GHN), we strongly believe that equity is everyone’s business. Our leadership, clinicians, and researchers are committed to identifying disparities, finding solutions, and translating these solutions into practice.
We work hard to engage and educate our community and reconcile disparities. Please stay tuned for updates about upcoming events and information about how you can get involved.
Thank you for your interest in our work.
Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH
Director of Community Engagement and Equity in Digestive Health
For referral to see a GHN Specialist in our division:
Universal Referral Form