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Health Equity Education

The Health Equity Education Initiative helps program leaders and educators of all student levels incorporate health equity into their curricula and build equitable clinical and research learning environments. As part of the  URMC Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan, the program provides resources, guidance, tools, and consistency for educators across all URMC departments and schools.

For Educators


Knowledge, Empathy & Equity Curriculum

This curriculum helps educators infuse health equity into existing curricula. Based on national health equity standards for health education from the American Association of Medical Colleges, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and American Association of Colleges of Nurses, the framework and tools are applicable to medical, nursing, and graduate students, and more.


KEE Curriculum Assessment


The Knowledge, Empathy, and Equity (KEE) Curriculum self-assessment helps education program leaders evaluate their health equity curricula against national standards and competencies. If you are interested in doing a self-assessment, contact initiative director Theresa Green, PhD, MBA.



Health Equity Fellowship


A new Health Equity-focused concentration for the UR Medicine Leader Fellowship Quality Improvement track is offered to members of departments who have completed the KEE Curriculum Self-Assessment and want to learn more about creating a health equity focused system change. Contact initiative director Theresa Green, PhD, MBA, to learn more.


For Learners

Learners at the University of Rochester are a vital part of the Rochester community with a critical opportunity to improve health equity.


Working Toward Health Equity

This 18-minute video featuring a diverse cast of community leaders introduces learners to fundamental concepts of social determinants of health and health disparities and includes a comprehensive picture of the Rochester community. To access the video in MyPath with a 10-question quiz, log in and search for “Working Towards Health Equity.


Resource Guide for Health Equity Education

There are many exceptional national and local resources for learning about health equity, including concepts of social determinants of health, providing empathetic care, and creating quality improvement initiatives that improve health equity.



Public Health Grand Rounds

University faculty, staff, students, and community partners can hear about community-based initiatives to reduce health inequities, improve access to care, and tackle some of our toughest health challenges. Continuous education credits are offered for medicine, nursing and social work.


Community Engagement in Research & Population Health

Available to all learners for free, this 20-hour Coursera course focuses on the role of community engagement, including community-based participatory research, in the current U.S. health system.