Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Healthcare Studies

Program for Healthcare Equity

The Program for Healthcare Equity is dedicated to eliminating disparities in health care and improving the quality of care for all individuals. Our goal is for every person to get the highest quality of health care possible, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, cultural beliefs, language socioeconomic status or health literacy.

Since its inception in 2008, the Program for Healthcare Equity has been dedicated to eliminating disparities in health care, advancing equity, and improving the quality of care for all individuals by conducting original research and translating and disseminating our findings.  Our mission is realized through successful collaboration with researchers, health care leaders, clinicians, policymakers, patients and their families, and community members.  

The Program for Healthcare Equity has outstanding multidisciplinary research programs and educational initiatives that include affiliated faculty in the Program in Communication and Medicine, the Department of General Internal Medicine, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Department of Preventive Medicine, the Office of Medical Education, and other faculty from across the Feinberg School of Medicine.

We work with our national and local partnerships including researchers, health care leaders, clinicians, and policymakers from organizations such as the American Medical Association, the National Health Law Program, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Joint Commission, the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and many additional community clinics.

Patients are our partners, and they provide invaluable insights into the challenges they face and suggestions about designing interventions. Together, we conduct studies that examine the root causes of disparities, evaluate innovative solutions, and translate our findings to practice to achieve our goal of equity in health care.

Our Projects

Our Faculty

Elisa Gordon, PhD, MPH

Megan McHugh, PhD

Paloma Toledo, MD

Our Staff

Raymond Kang
Statistical Analyst & Programmer

Juliet Yonek
Research Associate

Jaime Hamil, MPH
Research Project Coordinator