Google is committed to health equity

Google Health is committed to helping everyone, everywhere be healthier. We are working to promote health equity and impact the drivers of structural and social determinants of health. As part of the global health equity community, we have an opportunity to ensure our products, services, and research help everyone achieve their full health potential. We aim to accelerate health equity innovation by leveraging our technological capabilities and resources to collaborate with new and longstanding leaders across many fields. Together, we can work to improve health outcomes of individuals and communities.

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Health equity in action across Google

The potential to positively impact health equity is an opportunity. Here are a few examples of how Google is helping to promote health equity.

Google Search

Google Search

We are providing relevant, accessible, and high-quality healthcare information. Search now helps users in the U.S. identify which clinicians accept their insurance, including public insurance plans such as Medicaid and Medicare. The goal is to decrease the time it takes everyone to find the right clinician for their needs.

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YouTube

YouTube

We are expanding access to authoritative health information and health content creators to meet individuals and communities where they are. That includes working with partners like the American Academy of Pediatrics and creators who connect with the audiences they want to reach, such as the #BodyofKnowledge video series for International Day of the Girl.

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AI Applications

AI Applications

We are collaborating with partners to expand the use of artificial intelligence (AI) models in medicine, healthcare, and research. We are working with Northwestern Medicine on foundational, open-access research studies that validate the use of AI to help providers conduct ultrasounds and perform assessments to make care more accessible in a range of contexts.

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Fitbit

Fitbit

We are bringing wearable technology to health disparities research. We are working with partners such as pediatrician and palliative care physician Toluwalase Ajayi, MD, at Scripps Research. Dr. Ajayi’s PowerMom FIRST mobile research platform aims to answer questions about how structural racism and discrimination may have a negative impact on maternal and fetal health with a study using Fitbit Luxe trackers and Aria Air smart scales. Join the study.

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Apply to Google’s Health Equity Research Initiative

Join us in advancing health equity and mitigating health disparities. Researchers at academic institutions and nonprofit research institutions in the United States, including those that provision healthcare services in the context of conducting healthcare research, are invited to submit their health equity research proposals to the Google Health Equity Research Initiative, where select winners will be eligible to receive awards, which may include funding, Fitbit devices, Fitabase services, and Google Cloud Platform credits. The objective is to advance health equity research and improve health outcomes for groups disproportionately impacted by health disparities and/or negative social and structural determinants of health. Please review the official rules of the Health Equity Research Initiative here. Learn more about the program and apply here!

Watch the 2022 Health Equity Summit

We brought together leaders in healthcare, med tech, government, and academia to share progress, exchange best practices and learnings, and promote partnerships in elevating Health Equity and advancing the ecosystem. We have much to learn about how to build equitable and inclusive consumer products and health-supportive technologies from the public health, public policy, social sciences, biomedical informatics, computer science, transportation, housing, and community and economic development fields.