How psychologists can help achieve equity in health care-advancing innovative partnerships and models of care delivery: Introduction to the special issue. Academic Article uri icon


  • For as long as the United States has been a country, the distribution of good health has been unequal. In this special issue, we consider what psychology can do to understand and ameliorate these inequalities. The introduction sets the context for why psychologists are well positioned, well trained, and needed to champion health equity via innovative partnerships and models of care delivery. A guide is provided for engaging and maintaining a health equity lens in advocacy, research, education/training, and practice efforts for psychologists, and readers are invited to apply a health equity lens to reimagine their existing and forthcoming work. More broadly, the special issue brings together a collection of 14 articles across three core themes: (a) integration of care, (b) intersections between social drivers/determinants of health, and (c) intersecting social systems. The articles collectively highlight the need for new conceptual models to guide research, education, and practice, the importance of engaging in transdisciplinary partnerships, and the urgency of collaborating with community members in cross-system alliances to tackle social drivers of health, structural racism, and contextual risks, all of which are fundamental drivers of health inequity. Although psychologists are uniquely positioned to investigate causes of inequality, develop health equity interventions, and advocate for policy changes, our voice and vision have been missing from broader national dialogues around these issues. This issue is poised to provide examples of existing equity work and inspire ALL psychologists to engage for the first time or deepen existing health equity work with renewed vigor and reimagined possibilities. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved).

published proceedings

  • Am Psychol

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Thurston, I. B., Alegra, M., Hood, K. B., Miller, G. E., Wilton, L., & Holden, K.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Thurston, Idia B||Alegría, Margarita||Hood, Kristina B||Miller, Gregory E||Wilton, Leo||Holden, Kisha

publication date

  • February 2023