EY Center for Health Equity

In Health

We create solutions that advance health equity for all and drive cross-sector enablement of health equity, improved health outcomes and long-term enterprise value — not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it makes good business sense.

While many health care stakeholders strive to provide universal care and resources for all, inequity continues to run deep within the health care system.

Racial and ethnic health disparities
Estimated total annual cost of racial and ethnic health disparities in the US is $93 billion in excess medical care costs.
Estimated total annual cost of racial and ethnic health disparities in the US is $42 billion in untapped productivity

Source: “The Business Case for Racial Equity,” Altarum website, accessed 21 September 2021.

Health equity is the state in which health outcomes and health care costs are not determined by race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.

Only when the challenges of inequity are identified can we begin to achieve true health equity.


How EY can help


Whether your organization is in the early stages of developing a health equity strategy or currently taking action on key initiatives, our framework can be customized to help drive your health equity agenda. This approach is market-tested, validated and focused on driving measurable impacts to both health outcomes and business metrics. The framework focuses on the four drivers of value creation: consumer, human, societal and infrastructure value.

Chart health equity value driver

We apply this framework to four core areas:

From eliminating care variation within vulnerable populations to improving clinical trial diversity and creating impactful community partnerships designed to proactively close gaps in the care continuum, our framework and areas of focus have broad, cross-sector application.

Our proprietary tools assess key stakeholders’ performance along customized health equity-related benchmarks and metrics, determine market dynamics that inform business decisions and strategic planning, and leverage “smart health” analytics for unique data insights.

Successful health equity strategies will focus on long-term value and eliminate health disparities in vulnerable communities. The benefits of our strategic health equity approach include:

  • Equitable patient outcomes
  • Affordable customer pricing
  • Increased patient trust for health care industry
  • Greater diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Enhanced workforce equity
  • Reduced systemic bias
  • Improved health literacy

Our health equity insights and solutions can enable you to:

  • Transform your approach to data management to enhance the employee and patient experience
  • Leverage metrics to understand your patients’ vulnerability to health disparities in the market
  • Drive greater access to quality health care for underserved communities
  • Attract, recruit and retain diverse talent to improve cultural competency in both patient and workforce interactions
  • Establish and grow patient-centered care practices to improve outcomes, reduce health disparities and grow revenue

Our latest thinking

How health equity by design can help finance women-centric solutions

At the Equity 2030 Alliance Roundtable in Berlin, concern centered on the systemic failure to address women’s distinct health requirements. Read more.

Regulatory change is improving opportunities to address health disparities

Regulatory change is improving opportunities to address health disparities.

Why recent regulatory changes require a deeper focus on health equity

Executives may need a new approach to enterprise-wide health equity improvement. Learn more.

Why America’s health equity investment has yielded a marginal return

Learning from past efforts can help the health community succeed in the future. Read more about advancing health equity.

How does the health equity ecosystem move from awareness to action?

Read the findings from the 2023 Health Equity Outlook report.

    Listen to our latest podcast to learn the four things that can work toward closing the health equity gap


    Adlai Goldberg and two prominent chief medical officers, Dr. Yele Aluko, EY Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. David Rhew, Microsoft Chief Medical Officer, dive into the health equity challenges the world is facing today.

    Patient personal health care taken by a specialist biochemist in a London research facility. Woman sat down surrounded by computers and machinery

    Our EY Center for Health Equity team

    The EY Center for Health Equity has been established with a dedication to helping EY clients, industry stakeholders and society at large to develop and implement leading solutions that promote and deliver on health equity. EY Americas Chief Medical Officer and seasoned health equity practitioner Yele Aluko, MD, MBA, serves as director of the Center for Health Equity, with Susan Garfield, DrPH, serving as co-director.

    Our diverse team is composed of health equity champions with deep experience and specific passion for the elimination of health disparities in the US health-corporate industry. Our experience spans health care, public health and life sciences; corporate strategy and transactions; AI; advanced analytics; and diversity, equity and inclusion. 

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