Injury-related Health Equity Across the Lifespan (iHeal)

At HIPRC, multidisciplinary researchers, medical providers, and community stakeholders work together to identify and address disparities in injury-related healthcare.

Due to limited progress, health equity has been called the forgotten aim of the Institute of Medicine’s influential report on the new healthcare system of the 21st century.

Achieving health equity for all patients requires intervention at many levels. This work focuses on injury prevention, violence prevention and intervention, improving communication, care transitions, community capacity building, and culturally relevant engagement for our most vulnerable patient populations who experience disproportionate rates of injury and multiple socioeconomic barriers to health and recovery after injury.

iHeal is the first program of its kind to leverage existing partnerships and build new coalitions to create the national agenda for health equity and expand our work toward measurable, large-scale, and sustained impact. The program has also been integral to shaping HIPRC’s center-wide focus on health equity.

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iHeal Symposium, May 23, 2017

The iHeal symposium at the University of Washington brought together researchers from the UW Schools of Social Work, Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, and College of Arts and Sciences, researchers from across the WWAMI region and country, and our community partners to create synergistic, innovative research, training, and practice agendas aimed at achieving injury-related health equity.

iHeal is particularly interested in increasing injury-related health equity and decreasing disparities for patients from historically oppressed or marginalized groups, those with comorbid behavioral health conditions, those with limited English proficiency, and those with financial or social barriers to healthcare access.

The conference had three goals: (1) To review and assess the state of research, knowledge, and practice models to address injury-related health disparities and increase injury-related health equity, (2) To set the national agenda for injury and health equity related research and practice, and (3) To build collaborations and networks to achieve the national agenda for injury and health equity.


iHeal is supported by the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, the University of Washington School of Social Work and School of Medicine, and Harborview Medical Center. Funding sources for specific health equity projects at the center include the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.