The Ochsner-Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research (OXIHER)

Through a lens of equity, Ochsner Health and Xavier University of Louisiana (OXIHER) are committed to improving the overall health of all our communities, reducing health inequities, developing innovative healthcare delivery models, and modeling equitable and respectful care.

Ochsner and Xavier will combine resources to work across their network of partner health providers, government, insurers, employers, schools, and other community organizations. The Ochsner-Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research (OXIHER) will inform all aspects of our strategy as a catalyst for moving Louisiana’s overall health ranking.

Why Ochsner?

As the state’s largest academic health system with hospitals and clinics across Louisiana, Ochsner is positioned to be a catalyst for change across the state working to coordinate and align a public health ecosystem with a shared public health agenda. The current national and global climate underscores the importance of spaces like Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for advancing the work of social justice and ending racial inequality.

Why Xavier University of Louisiana?

Given Xavier University of Louisiana’s position as the third-ranking HBCU in the nation, its lead ranking for producing African American graduates who become medical doctors, and its fourth rank nationally for moving African American students out of poverty, Xavier is uniquely positioned as the ideal partner to co-lead, expand, and deepen efforts toward health equity and community wellness.

What is Equity?

Health Disparities

Health Disparities are “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage."

Healthcare Disparities

Healthcare Disparities are defined as “…differences in health care quality, access, and outcomes adversely affecting members of racial and ethnic minority groups and other socially disadvantaged populations.”

Health Equity

Health Equity means 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.

Learn more Health Equity definitions here.

Five Guiding Principles for Improving the Health Equity and Health Status of Louisiana

Outcomes Research

Build capacity for identifying health disparities and strategies to improve health equity.

Population Health

Develop innovative solutions to improve overall community health.

Health Careers / Equity Education

Recruit, educate and retain a diverse healthcare workforce. Train healthcare workers to lead and innovate in health equity.

Community Engagement

Build partnerships for public health solutions tailored to local communities.

Health Advocacy

Advocate for policies impacting community health.

What is Healthy State?

Who will lead the charge to improve the state of health for Louisiana by 2030? Ochsner Health will.

Ochsner Health is committed to building a healthier region to live and thrive in. This initiative is our commitment to improve the overall health of the state. Healthy State by 2030 is driven by a comprehensive strategy to enhance healthcare access, improve health equity and health outcomes.

Our vision is bold: Louisiana will be ranked in the top 40 by 2030.

Learn More About the Institute

The Kellogg Foundation awarded a $2.4 million grant to Ochsner Clinic Foundation to launch the Ochsner-Xavier Health Equity Institute.
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