Conducting & Facilitating Research

Sutter’s dedicated Advancing Health Equity team has examined Sutter’s data to identify how to provide optimal outcomes for all patients in a number of areas, including maternal health, chronic disease management, cancer screening and, most recently, COVID-19.

Health Equity Index (HEI)

Sutter’s groundbreaking metric uses analytics and dynamic population data to measure health disparities. Sutter applied the HEI within our own network and shares the tool with other health systems so they too can better understand and address health inequities. View this study


Maternal COVID-19 Study

Sutter’s IAHE team recently completed a unique maternal care study to help shed light on how COVID-19 exposure during pregnancy differs by race and ethnicity. The study provides key data about how the virus spreads among expectant mothers of color – offering new insights and guidance on vaccination strategies in pregnancy. Findings from the research are being used to design tailored solutions that will help to address identified equity gaps for pregnant patients across the Sutter Health network. View this study


COVID-19 Disparities

Sutter’s thorough data analysis of our system’s COVID-19 patients revealed that black patients are 2.7 times more likely to be hospitalized than their non-Hispanic white counterparts and that they may be waiting to get tested in the emergency room when their symptoms tend to be more severe. The research is yielding a better understanding of COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on communities of color and socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals and has contributed to the national conversation on disparities in COVID-19. View this study


Disparities in Care Management for Type 2 Diabetes

Since 2016, Sutter has participated in the Together 2 Goal (T2G) campaign to track improvement in care management for patients with type 2 diabetes. Our current research aims to examine potential health disparities in care management among these patients by analyzing T2G care quality measures and social determinants of health.


Advancing Health Equity Report

In 2019, Sutter published its inaugural “Advancing Health Equity” report analyzing 18 quality measures from birth to the end of life, stratified by race and ethnicity, to create a snapshot of health equity across the spectrum of clinical care. It is our goal to leverage available quality data to target interventions.

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