Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

The mission of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee at the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is to work to advance health equity through program-wide efforts to remove obstacles impacting healthcare, clinical research, and an inclusive healthcare workforce. We aim to achieve this by examining internal policies, building a diverse and inclusive workforce and workforce environment, providing resources for health equity research, and increasing community participation and communication. Within this scope, the Irving Institute has the potential to significantly impact and improve the health of our community at large.   

What Does Health Equity Mean?

A comparison of the difference between equality and equity
Credit: Interaction Institute for Social Change    Artist: Angus Maguire

“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.” 

“For the purposes of measurement, health equity means reducing and ultimately eliminating disparities in health and its determinants that adversely affect excluded or marginalized groups.” 

Braveman, Paula. (2017, June 22). A New Definition Of Health Equity To Guide Future Efforts And Measure Progress. ​https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20170622.060710/full/ ​


Aris Floratos, PhD

Anoop Yadiki

Chunhua Weng PhD

Danielle Pendrick, DrPH

Delfy Velazquez

Dejda Collins, MA

Elisabeth DiMaria, MHA

Hanisha Udhani

Harley Lynch

Harold Pincus, MD

Helena Rincon, MA

Henry N. Ginsberg, MD

Julie Kornfeld, PhD, MPH

Kayla Zalcgendler, MSPH

Mary Purcell, BA

Michelle McClave, MS

Muredach Reilly, MBBCh, MSCE

Olajide Williams, MD

Rafael Lantigua, MD

Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD

Shing Lee, PhD

Zainab Abedin, MPH