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Building Equitable Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Addressing Current Challenges and Exploring Future Opportunities

Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms have a broad influence over health care decisions at every level. While insurers, hospitals, and physician groups use AI to assist with decisions about patient care, resource staffing, and diagnosing conditions, it has great potential to perpetuate health disparities and contribute to inequitable care. In this webinar, experts will explain the ways in which AI may maintain, perpetuate, or worsen inequitable health outcomes and discuss current approaches to gauging and addressing this issue, including a preview of the types of AI that could be built to address health equity.



  • Michael Cary, Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing
  • Anuj Gangopadhyaya, Senior Research Associate, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Maia Hightower, Cofounder and CEO, Equality AI 
  • Sarah Morriss, Research Assistant, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Anna Zink, Principal Researcher, Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence, University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Unequal Treatment at 20: Accelerating Progress toward Health Care Equity

How do we accelerate progress and catalyze health equity solutions?

This event series features conversations with leading scholars and social changemakers that identify where barriers to equity remain and how we can collectively advance and catalyze new solutions and accelerate progress toward health care equity. Racial and ethnic disparities in health care access, quality, and outcomes persist in the United States, some 20 years after the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s report Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, which outlined steps to advance equity. In a series of virtual dialogues with the authors of papers that explore promising areas of progress and that promote accountability for action, the Urban Institute will explore next-generation health equity strategies that states and the federal government can harness in partnership with the communities they serve.


Support for this series is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, The California Endowment, the Episcopal Health Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.


Urban Institute Speakers
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Research Analyst