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Georgetown University has made a long term commitment to reducing health disparities in the District of Columbia.

In 2012 Georgetown University launched a transformative initiative, capturing the strengths of the University to address the vast health disparities experienced in communities around the world.  

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The faculty and students of Georgetown have long contributed research, service, and outreach towards the reduction of health disparities. Their expertise ranges from health and medicine to sociology, psychology, policy, and education.

This initiative offers an unparalleled opportunity to leverage these capacities into an increasingly creative, collective, and interdisciplinary response. The multifaceted challenges of health disparities, their complex causes and wide ranging impacts, require just such an approach.

This initiative offers an unparalleled opportunity to leverage these capacities into an increasingly creative, collective, and interdisciplinary response. The multifaceted challenges of health disparities, their complex causes and wide ranging impacts, require just such an approach.

The University-wide Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities—animated by Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit heritage, motivated by our University’s commitment to social justice, and sustained by our commitment to excellence and community engagement—fulfills Georgetown’s mission to educate future leaders and contribute scholarship for the well-being of humankind.

The initiative leads research, education, and outreach efforts to identify, reduce, and ultimately eliminate disparities in health and health care. A particular focus is connecting these efforts to the racial justice initiative at the university. To this end, the health disparities initiative has embarked on a two pronged engagement with the District of Columbia: improving health outcomes for conditions such as cancer and diabetes and longitudinally addressing the health and well-being of the city’s youngest children. Read the initiative.

Find out more about Our Activities of the Initiative and their impact.


Health Disparities News at Georgetown

Dr. David R. Williams

Race, Racism and Health: Evidence and Opportunities

Dr. David R. Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will speak on, “Race, Racism and Health: Evidence and Opportunities.” This new seminar series, “Racial Justice: Health and Health Care Perspectives,” is a part of Georgetown’s Institute for Racial Justice and co-sponsored with the School of Nursing & Health Studies. (Photo: Harvard School of Public Health)

Dr. Darrell J. Gaskin

Reducing Health Disparities – The Importance of Place Based Solutions

Dr. Darrell J. Gaskin, William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will speak on, “Reducing Health Disparities – The Importance of Place Based Solutions.” This new seminar series, “Racial Justice: Health and Health Care Perspectives,” is a part of Georgetown’s Institute for Racial Justice and co-sponsored with the School of Nursing & Health Studies.