Institute for Advancing Health Equity

Developing solutions to eliminate health disparities

About the Institute

Through research, data and partnerships, the Sutter Health Institute for Advancing Health Equity is uncovering and addressing disparities in healthcare and furthering health equity solutions within our system and across the country.



The Institute is an innovation incubator that serves as a convener of experts, advocates and patients to identify inequities, explore ideas and create solutions. 

Contact us to learn more about opportunities to collaborate and connect.


Sutter is Well Positioned to Become a National Leader in Advancing Health Equity

Leader In Quality

As a recognized national leader in healthcare quality, we consider health equity to be a key measurement of care quality. Our work to continuously improve the quality and value of care we provide our patients has resulted in Sutter hospitals consistently ranking in the top 10% in the U.S. for overall healthcare quality.

Diverse Patient Population

Sutter serves more than 3 million patients in a wide variety of care settings across 22 Northern California counties, arguably the most geographically and demographically diverse region in the country. We are a microcosm of the nation.

Strength of the Integrated Network

Through our integrated network, Sutter Health has the resources, data and reach to generate robust findings and test new models and innovations that can be shared and implemented nationally.

Current News & Events

Preventable Hospitalizations Can Shed Light on Health Equity

Preventable Hospitalizations Can Shed Light on Health Equity

The glaring realities of health inequities continue to come into focus. U.S. News & World Report recently developed measures aimed at capturing how effectively hospitals contribute to racial health equity in their communities. Alice Pressman, Ph.D., M.S., Sutter...

Safely, Effectively Reducing C-section Rates

Safely, Effectively Reducing C-section Rates

The American Hospital Association features Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., founding director emeritus, Sutter Health Institute for Advancing Health Equity, discussing the health network’s efforts to reduce first-birth C-section rates, particularly for women of color....

What is Health Equity?

Advancing Health Equity Primer

This illustrated video highlights the factors and statistics associated with persistent health disparities in the U.S. and outlines Sutter Health’s commitment to solve them. 

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What is the Institute for Advancing Health Equity?

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On a Mission to Advance Health Equity

How Sutter’s novel Health Equity Index helps address racial inequities.
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