Addressing Health Disparities & Health Inequity


Addressing Health Disparities & Health Inequity

July 17, 2018  |  Best Practice

1. Define contributing factors to health disparities

To appropriately address health disparities, organization and individuals must be able to identify barrier(s) such as social determinants contributing to these disparities and explain their impact. 


2. Address social determinants

Increasing access to care is not the sole solution to health inequity. We must address the most significant impact on health outcomes: social determinants.


3. Acknowledge the challenge

Health inequality is complex and multifactorial, but embrace the growth associated with tackling such a big challenge. 


4. Strive for and celebrate small victories

Remember that an improvement in a small percentage of those who suffer from health inequality is still significant and impactful.  


To learn more health equity best practices, attend an upcoming CHI educational event.



Grant Hom

Fellow at CHI


Kathy Tian

Analyst at CHI




Joseph Gaspero is the CEO and Co-Founder of CHI. He is a healthcare executive, strategist, and researcher. He co-founded CHI in 2009 to be an independent, objective, and interdisciplinary research and education institute for healthcare. Joseph leads CHI’s research and education initiatives focusing on including patient-driven healthcare, patient engagement, clinical trials, drug pricing, and other pressing healthcare issues. He sets and executes CHI’s strategy, devises marketing tactics, leads fundraising efforts, and manages CHI’s Management team. Joseph is passionate and committed to making healthcare and our world a better place. His leadership stems from a wide array of experiences, including founding and operating several non-profit and for-profit organizations, serving in the U.S. Air Force in support of 2 foreign wars, and deriving expertise from time spent in industries such as healthcare, financial services, and marketing. Joseph’s skills include strategy, management, entrepreneurship, healthcare, clinical trials, diversity & inclusion, life sciences, research, marketing, and finance. He has lived in six countries, traveled to over 30 more, and speaks 3 languages, all which help him view business strategy through the prism of a global, interconnected 21st century. Joseph has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When he’s not immersed in his work at CHI, he spends his time snowboarding backcountry, skydiving, mountain biking, volunteering, engaging in MMA, and rock climbing.