Throughout our nation’s history, the strength of our country has been deeply rooted in the daily acts of service that so many people render to their communities and their loved ones. Yet for others, the right to realize their full potential, as citizens and as unique individuals, is endangered by the overwhelming limitations imposed upon them by poor health.
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.
Cheryl Fish-Parcham (Families USA), Melissa Burroughs (Families USA), Eric P. Tranby (Dentaquest Partnerhsip for Oral Health Advancement), Avery R. Brow (Dentaquest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement), Addressing Rural Seniors’ Unmet Needs For Oral Health Care, Health Affairs Blog, 5/6/2019, https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20190501.797365/full/.
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African Americans Still Lag Behind in Health Outcomes: Increasing Representation Among Providers Must be A Part of the Solution
Black History Month is an opportunity to elevate the accomplishments of African American trailblazers who may be missing from the history books. For example, in health care, we may remember Roselyn Epps, the first black president of the American Medical Women’s Association, or Ida Gray Nelson Rollins, the first black female dentist. We need to continue highlighting individual achievements because inclusive, representative narratives are an important tool for dismantling racism.
African Americans are disproportionately more likely to suffer from mental health issues than white Americans.
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.”
Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services (AHS)
For more than 40 years, Sherry M. Hirota has championed underserved communities and has made an impact fighting for health care as a right, not a privilege. As a leader of movements to expand health access, educate and advocate for linguistic and cultural competency, and lift the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Sherry has created positive change locally, regionally, in California, and throughout the nation.
In September 2016, Zoe Williams got the text message that no parent wants to get: her 3-year old child had fallen in the park and was severely injured. Before panic could takeover, Zoe rushed to get her child medical care. After first going to an in-network urgent care center, she followed the advice of her physician and took an ambulance to Denver Health hospital. There was fear her child may have had a spine injury, and she would do anything possible to get the care needed. In the world of parenting, she did everything right.
Broderick Crawford has been working in health care for over 30 years and is a dedicated community health leader focused on improving the lives the people in his community. Our Partnerships Coordinator, Raven Gomez, spoke with Broderick about his work, health equity in health system transformation, and insights for fellow advocates.