Health Equity Office

HEDI Advisory Council


At Grady, we value a culture of diversity and know that our differences can help improve the care we provide to our patients and allow us to better serve our community. Grady’s Health Equity Office aims to cultivate those unique perspectives to ensure everyone has access to the quality healthcare they deserve while addressing health disparities across metro Atlanta and the entire region.

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What is Health Equity?

“Health Equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs and fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environment, and health care.”

-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Our Mission

To be a leading academic health system utilizing data to inform community-based interventions that reduce health disparities and decrease the health equity gap of those we are privileged to serve.

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Strategic Pillars

To further promote and advance our mission of achieving health equity, we are committed to these four strategic pillars:

Care Quality

The Care Quality pillar ensures accountability for improving clinical outcomes for at-risk patient populations.

Community Engagement

The Community Engagement pillar focuses on expanding community outreach programs for education, workforce development and recruitment, and access.

Cross-Cultural Empathy

The Cross-Cultural Empathy pillar ensures alignment of organizational culture with health equity principles.

Social Justice/Advocacy

The Social Justice/Advocacy pillar recognizes racism as a system of structured inequity that is a determining force in the disproportionate distribution of resources that leads to the social determinants of health and equity.


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Teen Experience and Leadership Program

Applications are now open for Grady’s Teen Experience and Leadership Program (TELP), sponsored by the Office of Health Equity. TELP is open to youth who are in high school and between the ages of 14-19. The program runs from June 3 – July 24, 2024. To be considered, you must apply by Friday, March 15, 2024.

Youth will shadow professionals in the hospital in 4-hour shifts. A minimum of one shift per 2 weeks is required. Hours count as volunteer hours. TELP offers a viable and dynamic solution through its mission to:

  • Enhance community partnerships by providing opportunities for teens to experience working in a healthcare system.
  • Provide exposure and experience with various health occupations.
  • Teach and enhance leadership skills.
  • Increase the workforce by developing a healthcare pipeline.
  • Provide opportunities for employees to be role models and increase their community engagement.


Click to download a Grady 2024 Teen Experience and Leadership Program flyer to share.

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