Institute For Equity in
Health Policy and Practice

Building a proactive, population-positive system for health.

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Advancing Health Equity

About the Institute

The National Minority Quality Forum has established the Institute for Equity in Health Policy and Practice in recognition of the need for collaboration across the domains of health equity. Focused on organizations that have a vested interest in advancing our values, the Institute identifies, documents, and examines the infrastructure of inequity in research, delivery and finance, and develops recommendations for restructuring.


National Minority Quality Forum established the Institute for Equity in Health Policy and Practice in response to the forward-looking consensus that equity must become integral to the American health services research, delivery and financing system.

Our focus areas are HIV/Hepatitis, Dementia/Alzheimers, Immunization, Triple-Negative Breast Cancer and Breain Health. For more information about our Brain Health Initiative please visit The National Alliance for Brain Health and Awareness.

The Institute for Equity in Health Policy and Practice is structured to enable key stakeholders in the public and private sectors to design a policy and regulatory infrastructure that is imbued with the principles of equity and the reduction of patient risk.

The Institute enables collaborations that harness the political and economic will that is amassing in response to the realization that structural and systemic inequity is the proximate cause of amenable and avoidable morbidity and premature mortality. The legacy of this structural inequity is a health system that is unable to meet the needs of the diverse American population. The evidence of this inability is found in scientific research and quality metrics that ignore patient variability, in health care policies that promote disparities, and in poor health outcomes and medical errors for an increasing number Americans.

The Institute facilitates information exchange, educational efforts and consensus building regarding policy options that are supportive of a 21st century re-envisioning of a health system that reduces patient risk and sustains the health and well-being of families and communities.