Adler University’s Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) generates research, education, and advocacy to build more equitable, healthy and inclusive communities. Our work takes place in partnership with communities, policymakers, academics and students. We apply our work in three areas of expertise:
- Social determinants: Analyzing social determinants—the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age—that harm individual, community, and population health;
- Social exclusion: Identifying policies and practices that systemically exclude and marginalize entire populations;
- Strategies for achieving equity: Providing community-informed solutions, models for public policy, and approaches to improve social determinants and dismantle social exclusion.
Addressing all three is necessary to creating social equity, health, and inclusion. Our work takes place in collaboration with a wide range of community, government, public policy, and philanthropic partners.
We understand and analyze social determinants—the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age—and the complex ways that they can harm individual, community, and population health. We empower organizations and communities with knowledge about social determinants and advocacy for change that will create equity, health, and inclusion.
What We Do:
The ISE generates research and scholarship, training and consultation, and community collaborations that help organizations, communities, and public and private stakeholders identify the social determinants affecting a specific population—and the structural changes needed to build and sustain equitable, healthy, and inclusive communities. Play our video.
We identify and analyze the social factors and exclusionary features of policies and practices that systemically marginalize entire populations to create social exclusion and inequity. We articulate the distinct elements of equitable, healthy, and inclusive communities, and we propose and advocate for innovative policy solutions that will address them and uplift the most disadvantaged, marginalized populations.
What We Do:
The ISE generates research and indicators, training and consultation including its unique Social Exclusion Simulation, and collaborative community projects, to support and collaborate with organizations, communities, and public and private stakeholders to dismantle social exclusion and create structural change to achieve more equitable, healthy, and inclusive communities.
Strategies for Achieving Equity
We develop, lead, evaluate, and collaborate in innovative, evidence-based strategies that will lead to social equity, health, and inclusion. Our expertise in social determinants and social exclusion informs our work with communities, agencies, policymakers, and philanthropy developing capacity, community, and policy for equity, health, and inclusion.
What We Do:
The ISE conducts Mental Health Impact Assessments, employs “health/equity in all policies” strategies, provides training, and develops policy recommendations guided by its unique research and understanding of social determinants and social exclusion—to help build and sustain equitable, healthy, and inclusive communities.
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Adler University Institute on Social Exclusion
17 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602