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Health Equity Training Pathway

The Health Equity Training Pathway is a two-year, cohort-based professional development community for IU School of Medicine graduate medical education (GME) trainees. The pathway is integrated into existing training programs, without adding length to training. Our mission is to use a health systems science lens to educate and empower resident physicians to discuss, identify, act upon, and teach health inequities in their everyday practice of medicine. Our vision is to develop health-equity-minded leaders in medicine throughout Indiana and the United States.

The Health Equity Training Pathway will provide: 

  • Training in core principles and concepts related to health equity and health systems science. 
  • Opportunities to practice skills while contributing to efforts to build capacity for health equity from UME to GME.  
  • Support to develop and implement a pilot health equity scholarly project related to each learner’s interests (e.g., curricula, community-engagement).

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Applications for the 2024–2026 cohort will be open March 1–April 5, 2024.

Learning Objectives

The Health Equity Pathway cohort will participate in monthly training sessions with health equity leaders, educators, and researchers. 

By the end of the Health Equity Pathway, learners will be able to:

  • Describe health equity and health systems science principles and concepts
  • Explain the material, psychosocial, behavioral, and biomedical aspects of health inequities
  • Apply a health equity lens to teaching and communicating about health systems problems
  • Critique and respond to the goals and implications of public health policy
  • Evaluate levels of action within a physician’s sphere of influence
  • Examine ethical considerations and implications of health equity work
  • Compare various approaches to and methodologies for health inequities research
  • Identify, support, and engage with community partners and funders for health equity initiatives
  • Assess the leadership, collaboration, and interprofessional teaming skills necessary to implement health equity initiatives successfully
  • Design and implement a health equity curriculum, intervention, or research project

Program Eligibility

  • Residents and fellows who are completing at least the first year of their training program, or fellows preparing to start a shorter (less than two year) fellowship.
  • Trainees interested in making health equity research, education, or advocacy a significant part of their careers.
  • Any level of prior training/experience acceptable.

Application Process

Applications for the 2024–2026 cohort will be open March 1–April 5, 2024. To be considered for the program, please submit the program application, including your CV.

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Program Team

Co-Director
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Andreia Alexander, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Alexander is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency, and Co-Director of the Health Equity Pathway at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Alexander completed her undergraduate education at the University of Florida. She then attended IU Bloomington for her Master of Public Health Degree. After a short stent as a high school teacher and basketball coach, Dr. Alexander attended medical school at IUSM in the MD/PhD (MSTP) Program. She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Her clinical and research interests include resident education, improving Emergency Department care for sexual and reproductive health issues, and raising awareness of systemic racism and implicit biases in ED clinical practice and their influence on health inequities. Over the past few years, Dr. Alexander has worked hard to integrate DEI and strategies to eliminate health inequities throughout the residency curriculum. She has developed a longitudinal simulation curriculum on addressing microaggressions in the clinical learning environment and is currently working on an intervention to increase access to contraception in the emergency department. Dr. Alexander also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Indiana State Medical Association and on their Commission on Legislation where she advocates for health policy that will decrease health inequities. Because of this work, in 2021 Dr. Alexander was named to EMRA’s Top 25 Under 45 Influencers in Emergency Medicine and she received the Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award in 2022. 

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Co-Director
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Francesca Williamson, PhD

Dr. Williamson (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor and Education Specialist for Graduate Medical Education at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is an interdisciplinary scholar by training, specializing in research methodology and education in science and medicine. Dr. Williamson’s research broadly focuses on designing disciplinary learning experiences to support learners in developing the knowledge, skills, and practices for advancing equity and justice in their scientific and professional work. Within graduate medical education, Dr. Williamson leads and collaborates with physician partners on various initiatives for health equity education, anti-racism in medicine, and Resident as Teacher training. Dr. Williamson is also a health services researcher, focusing on racial health care equity in patient experience. She studies doctor-patient interactions to characterize how particular ways of using language or interacting, verbally and non-verbally, facilitate or undermine the quality of patient experience. Using insights from this research, she develops evidence-based role-play training activities to support trainees in recognizing potential sources of health care inequity and strengthening their communication skills. Beyond educational and research activities, Dr. Williamson is a trauma-informed care champion. She contributes to systems-based efforts to reduce the potential for re-traumatization for learners, patients, and colleagues who experience racial, historical, and other traumas within health systems and education. 

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Jennifer Mattei, MPH

Health Equity and Education Project Manager

Jennifer Mattei is the GME Health Equity and Education Project Manager. Her educational background is in psychology (Butler University) and public health (IUPUI Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health). Prior to working for Indiana University, she worked in public health as a tobacco treatment specialist and program coordinator. Besides health equity and tobacco cessation, she is also very passionate about mental health awareness, advocacy, and treatment. She joined Indiana University’s Graduate Medical Education team in December 2022. She primarily works as the project manager for the Health Equity Training Pathway and Dr. Francesca Williamson’s Health Equity research. She is also a member of the CLER advisory board, focusing specifically on health care disparities initiatives. 

Questions about the Health Equity Training Pathway?

Please contact Jennifer Mattei at jnkelleh@iu.edu.

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60104-Britten, Alexandra

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60105-Cox, Analissa

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60259-Parulekar, Jaya

Jaya Parulekar, MD

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