Health Equity

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Health Equity

Structural racism and the unequal distribution of opportunities and resources routinely create systemic barriers to health care for marginalized racial and ethnic communities and along the lines of gender, immigrant status, and disability. This disenfranchisement is the root cause of disparities in health access, outcomes, and patient experience in the United States and around the world. Health inequities in health policy and research often result from decisions about what research topics are pursued, who is included, and what and how data is collected, analyzed and presented. These decisions can perpetuate or dismantle historic and current health inequities.

Duke-Margolis aims to ensure that its health policy research and leadership contributes significantly to dismantling health inequities. Duke-Margolis is committed to critically examining and expanding its research portfolio to understand inequities in health care, access, and outcomes, as well as the policies that institutionalize them. In this work, Duke-Margolis is building on the Center’s ongoing efforts and research to develop evidence-based solutions to reduce inequities among historically marginalized populations.

Health Equity and Responding to COVID-19


Across the Nation

Duke-Margolis is collaborating with state and national leaders to identify and share best practices for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and therapeutics.

Duke-Margolis team members are actively involved in the following programs:


Around the World

Duke-Margolis Core Faculty members and researchers are focused on mitigating disruptions in primary care and other essential services, and increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics in low- and middle-income countries. Read more about the global efforts led by Duke-Margolis, Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, Global Health Innovation Center, and Duke Global Health Institute here.


Addressing Health Equity through Scholarship

Duke-Margolis is equipping future health leaders with the tools and knowledge to assess and address systemic, root causes of health inequity; apply health equity principles to research, program and policy design; and develop policies that advance health equity.

Read more about health equity education programming

Health Policy Courses

Duke-Margolis Bass Connections Projects

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Anti-Racism and Health Equity Committee

Duke-Margolis established the Anti-Racism and Equity Committee (AREC) following George Floyd’s 2020 death from police brutality, We recognize as a Center the systemic racism and racial and ethnic health inequities present both nationally and locally. We are taking steps to be a workplace, and a research and education institution that embeds the values of anti-racism and equity in our research and academic programming. The Committee identified four high-level aims for the Center and its work:

  • Research Practices and Priorities
  • Academic Programming and Education
  • Staffing, Recruitment, and Retention
  • Communications and Operations

Read more about the ARE Committee here.


Margolis Resources


COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

COVID-19 and Global Health

Value-Based Care and Payment Reform