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Health Equity Commission


The SGIM Health Equity Commission (HEC), formally the Disparities Task Force, was formed by the SGIM Council at its June 2001 meeting to continue the Society’s focus on Disparities in Health and Health Care following the 2001 Annual Meeting.  

The Health Equity Commission's (HEC) purpose is to serve as the chief advocate for SGIM's health equity related interests in education, research, and provision of clinical care as the Society strives to achieve better health for everyone. We strive to dismantle racism, and all structural inequities, optimize clinical care, and promote social justice, especially for vulnerable and marginalized populations through education, advocacy, research and scholarship. By engaging the clinical workforce, researchers, educators, and policy makers and collaborating with other committees, commissions, and interest groups on health equity related initiatives, we promote better health for all.

Health Equity Commission Initiatives for 2022-2023

  1. Health Equity Webinars “Advocating for Equity”: By providing an opportunity for participants to learn from & engage with health equity experts, collaborate, and space for innovation in education, research, clinical care, and advocacy in topics that address inequities with a particular focus on racism, this initiative supports the mission to cultivate innovative educators, researchers, and clinicians in general internal medicine to lead the way for better health for everyone.
  2. Equity Programming for the Student, Resident, Fellow Track: This initiative will expose learners to the field of health equity, helping to ensure future educators, researchers, and clinicians leading the way to better health for everyone.
  3. Comprehensive Framework for Conducting Research through an Anti-Racist Lens: The Comprehensive Framework for Conducting Research through an Anti-Racist Lens will support researchers academic general internal medicine in applying an anti-racist lens to their work, helping to discover interventions that will further health equity.
  4. SGIM Annual Meeting Programming: Health equity-related track ensures that health equity is weaved throughout the annual program. Programming includes HEC-mentoring panel, sponsored/co-sponsored health equity related workshops, Distinguished Professor of Health Equity Series, co-sponsored w/ Minorities and Medicine (MIM), UNTLD scholar selection and support, co-sponsored w/ MIM, Herbert Nickens Award selection, co-sponsored w/ MIM.

Health Equity Commission Webinars 
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2022 Distinguished Professor of Health Equity 

Tracie C. Collins, MD, MHCDS, MPH

Distinguished Professor of Health Equity Awards 

  • Best Poster in Health Equity
  • Best Oral Abstract in Health Equity 

Click here to see the winners of the 2022 Distinguished Professor of Health Equity Presentation Awards

If you have questions regarding the work of the SGIM Health Equity Commission, please contact Erika Baker

Safiya Richardson, MD, 
Chair, Health Equity Commission 
NYU Langone Health
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Lucy Torres-Deas, MD
Co-Chair, Health Equity Commission
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
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Cristina M. Gonzalez, MD, MEd,
Council Liaison, Health Equity Commission
New York University School of Medicine
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