There has been an important and ongoing effort over the past decade to address the manifest failures of our health care system by changing payment and provider organization to reward value and not volume. But transformation efforts largely ignore one of our system’s most fundamental problems: persistent, extensive, severe, and costly health and health care inequities based on race, ethnicity, and geography, among other factors.
It took Zoey Salsbury six years to get an incorrect diagnosis for her constant pelvic and joint pain.
The first time she mentioned her pain to her doctor, during her freshman year of high school, her pain was dismissed as “growing pains.” She remembers thinking, “Well this growing thing is absolute [garbage] if this is how it feels.”
Throughout American history, the tenacity that women advocates have shown in combating systematic inequities has proved to be an invaluable source of inspiration for each successive generation of health care activists. The significance of this legacy is well-captured in a quote from the late Dr. Gerta Lerner, an esteemed scholar of Women’s History, and a lifelong advocate for women’s rights: “Women’s history is women’s right — an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and a long-range vision.”
Achieving Health Equity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders requires recognizing their diversity and disaggregating data.
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage month is an opportunity to focus on the many contributions these communities have made to build our nation over the generations, and their continued role in our future prosperity.
For those of us engaged in the daily work of bending the arc of history toward justice, the last few weeks have pierced us to our core.
As health equity advocates, the very heart of our vocation is a shared belief that every single human being has the right to live a healthy life—a right that must be supported with resources and concrete action.
As a companion piece to our monthly roundoup of notable health equity news, we have compiled a list of our favorite new resources, events you should know about, and job openings from around the country.
In addition to our monthly roundup of notable health equity news, we have compiled a list of our favorite new resources, events you should know about, and job openings.
New Health Equity Resources
CMS Rejects Ohio's Request for Harsh Policies in Its Medicaid Program, Dee Mahan and Erica Turret, Families USA
A new bill in Congress offers a vision for what Congress could achieve if it were truly committed to ending health disparities. In the current political environment, we don’t anticipate Congress will act any time soon on the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016 (HEAA), sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois.
But in the meantime, health equity advocates can look to the HEAA for ideas about concrete policy solutions they could potentially pursue through other avenues, including state legislative or regulatory action.
June brought us some encouraging highs and devastating lows in the world of health justice. This month, we remember the lives cut short in the Orlando shooting, who were mostly young LGBTQ people of color, and reflect on the health equity dimensions of the attack. On the positive side, we also have some progress to celebrate.
Thanks to new regulations released by the Obama administration last month, the right to receive health care without discrimination is stronger than ever before. Health justice and health equity advocates across the nation celebrated the long-awaited release of the regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.