An Unconventional Path to Health Equity

There can be no quality without equity. But how do we get there? Our guest, University of Chicago Professor Marshall Chin, has unorthodox ideas about how to achieve health equity. His solutions might surprise you.

About The Guest

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH
Richard Parrillo Family Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, is a general internist and University of Chicago Faculty Physician with extensive experience improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease. He has worked to advance diabetes care and outcomes on the South Side of Chicago through health care system and community interventions. He also leads initiatives to improve health strategies at a national level as director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)’s Finding Answers: Solving Disparities Through Payment and Delivery System Reform Program Office and Co-Director of the Merck Foundation’s Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care National Program Office.

An expert in health care disparities in medicine, Dr. Chin frequently is invited to present his work at national conferences and serve on policy committees. He serves on the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities National Advisory Council and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Preventive Services Task Force. He co-chairs the National Quality Forum (NQF) Disparities Standing Committee and is a former President of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Dr. Chin was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017.

Learn more about Dr. Chin.

Episode Description

In this episode of Quality Matters, University of Chicago professor Dr. Marshall Chin shares a comprehensive, multifaceted strategy to improve health equity. Creative as it is data-driven, his method combines storytelling, improv comedy and rigorous research to tackle systemic racism and social privilege. Dr. Chin aims to move beyond addressing health disparities to foster genuine health equity. This episode emphasizes culturally sensitive solutions and open discussions about race and bias. The conversation highlights the need for payment reform, cultural evolution and authentic community partnerships.

“The thing about health equity is that it’s the right thing. Everyone wants to do the right thing. And it requires all this expertise and all these stakeholders. It has the community expertise. It requires the clinicians on the staff who have the frontline experience. It requires people who do quality improvement. It includes the data people. I mean, everyone has a role.”
Marshall Chin, MD, MPH

NCQA’s AVP of Health Equity Sciences, Rachel Harrington, PhD, also weighed in to provide important context and explain how quality measurement can support the efforts that Dr. Chin champions.


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(05:55) Equity and Intersectionality in Healthcare
(14:28) Advancing Health EquityThrough Lifelong Learning


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