Addressing the impacts of structural racism and other institutionalized forms of oppression on the delivery of health care and health inequity requires a dramatic transformation of how our health care systems function. The “learning health system” (LHS) model, in which internal data and experience are systematically integrated with external evidence, and that knowledge is put into practice, holds great promise to foster more responsive and equitable systems of care.

“From Analysis to Action: Advancing Health Equity through Learning Health System Research,” is a two-day symposium designed to connect trainees and health professionals from a variety of fields who aspire to incorporate health equity principles into learning health system research, primarily targeting those who are focused on bringing quality health care and services to historically excluded, underrepresented, and marginalized patient populations.


This symposium is hosted by the Indiana University (IU) Health Equity Advancing through Learning health systems Research (HEAL-R) Collaborative in partnership with the following:

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regenstrief-institute.pngThe Regenstrief Institute
indiana-ctsi.pngThe Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)
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Together these groups establish an infrastructure for developing and testing LHS solutions to identify and intervene on health inequities that occur within the healthcare system and beyond.

Funding for this conference was made possible by 1R13MD018938-01 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Symposium Leadership

Erika R. Cheng, PhD, MPA leads the Symposium Advisory Committee. Dr. Cheng is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at IUSM and serves as Executive Director of the Health Equity Advancing through Learning System Research (HEAL-R) Collaborative. Representatives from the participating organizations serve on the symposium’s program committee.

Committee Members Include:

Bernice Pescosolido, PhD: Distinguished Professor and Director, Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research and the Sociomedical Sciences Research Institute, Indiana University

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS: Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Associate Dean for Health Equity Research, Indiana University School of Medicine and VP, Chief Health Equity Officer, Indiana University Health

David Haggstrom, MD, MAS: Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine and Director, Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute

David S. Wilkes, MD: Dean Emeritus & James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science Emeritus, University of Virginia School of Medicine; National Director, Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Peter Embí, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA, FIAHSI: Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Professor of Medicine, and Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC)

Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH: Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Community and Translational Research, Indiana University School of Medicine and Co-Director, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute