Discovering and addressing barriers, getting the right solution where it is needed most
Healthcare solutions developed across the globe or here at Children’s Mercy have the potential to improve the lives of children and families, but that possibility is only realized when solutions reach all the children and families that need them. Identifying and addressing health disparities (ie., differences in health outcomes between individuals with different demographic or social characteristics) is vital to developing a healthcare system that ensures equitable health and health care for all. Achieving this requires a transdisciplinary team of experts with skills and perspectives not traditionally available in hospital settings.
The Population Health AOE has two priorities:
- Accelerating the discovery and development of effective healthcare solutions.
- Accelerating the dissemination of evidence-based practices to benefit the health of children and families locally and around the globe.
“We focus our unique skill sets on the who, the what, and the how. Who is most at risk or likely to benefit? What do we need to know or do to reach them and what data do we need to know if we’re being successful? How do we partner with all stakeholders to ensure the most robust discoveries and durable innovations?” said CMRI Deputy Director, Kathy Goggin, PhD. “In healthcare, we’ve not always done a good job of ensuring equity for all. And we’ve seen the negative consequences of discoveries based on limited samples or that lacked input from the very people that could benefit. We’ve seen innovations fail to reach those that need them most because we failed to ensure sufficient knowledge or access. Ensuring that everyone gets the best that we have is what we’re about.”