How Morehouse, CommonSpirit Partnered to Build Health Equity Education – – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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– Medical schools across the country are playing a long game, increasingly investing in recruiting students of color with the intent of creating a medical workforce that better reflects the nation’s diversity and, ultimately, promoting principles of health equity.

But Morehouse School of Medicine, an HBCU medical school established in 1975, has been doing that work since its founding, according to Erica Hart Sutton, MD, the associate dean for Academic Programs and Affiliations at the school. Health equity is at the heart of Morehouse’s medical education curriculum and serves as one of the school’s main draws for aspiring medical professionals.

“Every day, every member of this team is really pushing the message furthering the work advancing, what is known and done in the space of health equity,” Hart Sutton told PatientEngagementHIT in an interview. “Over the last year and a half, when the social justice movement has really started to garner national attention, we felt poised, we felt ready, and we felt appreciative that there were more ears and more voices behind this idea and behind this work.”

Morehouse has used that momentum to partner with leading health system CommonSpiri

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