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

Healthcare System’s Goal: Fulfill MLK’s Dream of Health Equity

Healthcare System’s Goal: Fulfill MLK’s Dream of Health Equity

This opinion piece was written by Dr. Stephen Lockhart, the outgoing chief medical officer of Sutter Health. Dr. Lockhart has been instrumental in advancing health equity, not just in Northern California, but throughout the nation.  By Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D.,...

Setting Aside Historic Healthcare Distrust to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Setting Aside Historic Healthcare Distrust to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

As the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its second year, Dr. Stephanie Brown, clinical lead for Sutter’s Institute for Advancing Health Equity, talks vaccination and factors that have contributed to inequities in health outcomes within communities of color. Doctor’s...

COVID-19 Makes It Clear: Without Equity, There’s No Cure

COVID-19 Makes It Clear: Without Equity, There’s No Cure

The following is a message from Sutter Health President & CEO Sarah Krevans. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed just how critical public health is to the fabric of our communities – our safety, economic stability, personal connections and social justice. After...

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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