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Health Equity in COVID-19: Breaking Down Longstanding Barriers to Save Lives

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  • Understanding COVID-19: Health Equity

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    Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest lives possible. If that sounds like a no-brainer, it may be surprising to learn just how much disparity exists in health outcomes and access to treatment at a societal level. For example, the maternal mortality rate for African American women is two to three times higher than for that of white women, according to the CDC. In cancer research, “Black patients, Latinx patients, people from underserved communities, and also the elderly, are not adequately represented in clinical research studies, are not receiving the care that they need, and are experiencing worse outcomes,” says Cary Gross, MD, director of the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale. Incarceration has unique impacts on health, and disproportionately affects Black and Latinx people and the poor. And when COVID-19 arrived, it ravaged communities that were already at a disadvantage. “The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 experienced by people of color highlighted longstanding disparities in underlying conditions that we know are linked to severe COVID-19 illness,” explains Carol Oladele, PhD, MPH, Director of Research at the Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale. Socioeconomic status and ethnicity play an outsized role in determining one’s health in the United States. “I think a statistic people often find surprising, maybe even staggering, is that if we think about what contributes to your health, it’s a small piece of that pie that has to do with healthcare, somewhere in the order of 20 percent” says Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Associate Dean for Health Equity Research, and who also leads the health equity task force for the Biden administration. “Health means more than simply getting the medicine or surgery that you need,” says Dr. Gross. Jobs with a fair income, stable housing, educational opportunities, and access to healthy food all combine to be larger drivers of health. “In order to get us all living our best life, we have to all the structures and institutions that put people at a disadvantage to start,” explains Emily Wang, MD, Director of the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice, whose research focuses on health and incarceration. Community engagement, representation and inclusion in clinical trial data, and asking different kinds of questions are all key to advancing health equity research. “How do we make our health system work for those that are most disenfranchised, most vulnerable to poor health outcomes?” asks Dr. Wang. “This is the task at hand.” Health equity research has the power to “make the invisible visible,” says Dr. Nunez-Smith, ultimately leading to transformation and change in our healthcare systems.

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  • COVID-19 and Health Equity — Exploring Disparities and Long-Term Health Impacts

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    The sixth COVID-19 Conversations webinar explored the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on minority communities, what we can do now to combat these disturbing health inequities, and what we can learn from past pandemics about how to provide equitable care to all. COVID19Conversations.org

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  • COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Meeting | April 9, 2021 | Part 1 of 2

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    The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force was established by Executive Order 13995, Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery, which was issued on January 21, 2021. The Task Force is part of the government-wide effort to identify and eliminate health and social disparities that result in disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.

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    Contact us at: COVID19HETF@hhs.gov.


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  • The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism in Health Care Virtual Forum

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    On April 27 and April 28, 2021 CMS OMH hosted a two-day virtual forum with guest speakers from federal and partner agencies to highlight CMS’s renewed focus on health equity, address structural racism in health care, and establish federal agencies’ roles as equity partners.
    Day 2 sessions focused on improving access to health care and coverage; COVID-19 impacts on health disparities; and solutions to promoting equity.

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  • Disparities & Health Equity | Aging Matters | NPT Reports

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    This edition of Aging Matters focuses on health disparities among older adults.

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    The COVID-19 pandemic revealed shocking disparities in health outcomes based on race and ethnicity, highlighting long-standing inequities among BIPOC Americans. The causes range from barriers to health care access, standards that discriminate, and blatant racism. The result can mean a shorter, poorer quality of life. This edition of Aging Matters focuses on health disparities among older adults.

  • CDC COVID-19 Response Promising Practices in Health Equity II

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    The effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups is still emerging; however, current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among these groups. Presenters from local jurisdictions and national organizations discussed actions taken to mitigate the disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities. Presenters discussed strategies to reduce COVID-19 health inequities for racial and ethnic minorities at the local, state, and national level.
    This content and conclusions are those of the author and presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about what CDC is doing to promote health equity during COVID-19:

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  • COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Inaugural Meeting | February 26, 2021

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    The first meeting of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, which was established by Executive Order 13995, Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery, issued on January 21, 2021. The Task Force is part of the government-wide effort to identify and eliminate health and social disparities that result in disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19. Contact us at: COVID19HETF@hhs.gov.


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  • 1/29/2021: Promoting Health Equity in the Time of COVID-19

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    Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, MD

    Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health

  • Breaking Down Barriers to Diabetes Care

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    While the discovery of insulin and other advances in the past 100 years have improved the quality of life and health outcomes for people with diabetes, underrepresented minorities have not had the same experience. Our health disparities experts—Dr. Joshua Joseph of Ohio State University Medical Center and Dr. Leonor Corsino of Duke University—for a discussion on the historical and present-day racial and socio-economic barriers to diabetes care as well as strategies to improve health outcomes in disadvantaged communities.

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  • COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Meeting | June 25, 2021 | Part 1 of 3

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    The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force was established by Executive Order 13995, Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery, which was issued on January 21, 2021. The Task Force is part of the government-wide effort to identify and eliminate health and social disparities that result in disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.
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  • Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Improving Health Equity with Lessons from Research

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    Lessons on how to increase the effectiveness of policy responses to COVID-19 within communities of color have emerged through rigorous research conducted in partnership with state and local governments and health care delivery organizations. In this webinar, our panelists discussed key takeaways from existing efforts to address medical mistrust and increase uptake of COVID-19 testing and preventive health behaviors. Additionally, the panelists explored future research questions that can help inform state and local governments’ efforts to mitigate long-standing health inequities and the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color.

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  • The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism in Health Care Virtual Forum

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    On April 27 and April 28, 2021 CMS OMH hosted a two-day virtual forum with guest speakers from federal and partner agencies to highlight CMS’s renewed focus on health equity, address structural racism in health care, and establish federal agencies’ roles as equity partners.
    Day 1 sessions focused on the importance of equity and current state of health disparities; the collection, analysis, and reporting of standardized data; and ways to integrate equity solutions in health care.

  • Motivate to Vaccinate: National Month of Action for COVID-19 Vaccines

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    The webinar is a call to action to increase the number of vaccinated persons in Non-Hispanic Black or African American and Hispanic or Latino communities. It highlights organizations who have conducted successful mass vaccination activities for Non-Hispanic Black or African American and Hispanic or Latino persons: Black Coalition Against COVID-19; Latinx COVID-19 Task Force; The National Resource for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM); Choose Healthy Life; and UnidosUS. These organizations shared their successes, challenges, and strategies used to increase vaccine education, awareness, and uptake.

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  • Whats New: Equity and Policy Preparedness During Public Health Emergencies

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    The COVID-19 pandemic, the most devastating public health emergency in more than a century, exposed the significant challenges to providing an equitable public health response. COVID-19 disproportionately affected groups at higher risk of adverse outcomes or populations that have been marginalized such as communities of color, and those experiencing homelessness or living in correctional facilities.

    In 2020, NGA, in collaboration with CDC and the ABA, launched a four-part webinar series to help state and territorial officials better understand the significant challenges to providing an equitable public health response to these specific groups, and to identify policy solutions.

    This update will focus on how states and territories can better serve these groups through the end of the COVID-19 response and future public health emergencies. Specifically, this webinar leverages lessons learned from states and territories' efforts to meet the needs of disproportionally affected groups in 2020, to identify persistent barriers, and to identify promising practices for states seeking to address longstanding public health equity issues.

    Speakers:
    • Jeffrey E. Hall Ph.D., MA, MSPH, CPH
    COVID-19 Response Chief Health Equity Officer
    Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

    • Dr. Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH
    Chief Medical Officer
    Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

    • Dr. Jinlene Chan, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Deputy Secretary
    Maryland Department of Health

    • Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH
    Director
    Network for Public Health Law
    American Bar Association

    Moderator:
    Michelle Woods, Program Director, Homeland Security, National Governors Association

  • COVID-19 Health EquityTask Force Meeting, September 30, 2021 | Part 2 of 3

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    During the Sept. 30, 2021 meeting of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force (HETF), members discussed and voted on final draft recommendations that align with the six previous Task Force meeting topics:
    • Health Inequities, Data Gaps, and Solutions
    • Vaccine Access and Acceptance
    • Mental and Behavioral Health Consequences of COVID-19
    • Discrimination and Xenophobia
    • Long-COVID, PPE, Testing and Therapeutics
    • Future Pandemic Preparedness

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  • Achieving Health Equity for People with Disabilities During the Pandemic and Beyond

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    Webinar hosted on June 28, 2021 by the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation

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    Remarks by:
    - Bonnielin Swenor, MPH, PhD, Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center
    - Merrill Friedman, Disability Policy Engagement at Anthem, Inc.
    - Tawara D. Goode, MA, National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University

  • Health Equity

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    The global COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the racial inequities in health. Communities of color and low-income and rural communities continue to suffer from racial bias and a lack of access to quality care. The Atlantic will explore how policy makers, the medical community, and business leaders can work to improve health outcomes for all Americans regardless of race, age, gender, and sexual orientation.

    Speakers:
    Quita Beeler Highsmith, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Genentech
    Stephanie Monroe, Executive Director, African Americans Against Alzheimer's
    Ruben Mesa, Director, UT Health San Antonio Anderson Cancer Center
    Hector Vargas, Executive Director, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality
    Katherine J. Wu, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
    Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO, March of Dimes
    Benjamin Perkins, CEO, Wholesome Wave
    Marcella Nunez-Smith, Senior Advisor, White House COVID-19 Response Team
    Vann R. Newkirk II, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
    Allison Arwady, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

    2:29 Introduction with Andrea Valdez
    3:40 Marcella Nunez-Smith and Katherine Wu
    18:56 Quita Beeler Highsmith, Stephanie Monroe, Ruben Mesa
    31:33 Stacey D. Stewart, Benjamin Perkins, Vann Newkirk II
    53:31 Allison Arwady, Francys Crevier, Hector Vargas, Katherine Wu

  • Serious Illness Care, Structural Racism and Health Disparities in the Era of COVID-19

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  • THE COLOR OF COVID-19 | Disparate Impact, Inequitable Response | A Town Hall Meeting

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    The Color of COVID-19: “Disparate Impact, Inequitable Response”
    A Town Hall Meeting on Race and Health Equity

    More than six months into the COVID-19 crisis, it has become glaringly clear that the impacts of the pandemic are not felt equally by all. We may all be in the same storm, but we’re not in the same boat. Black, Latinx, and Native Americans bear an unequal burden in both the number of cases and the number of deaths compared with whites. Meanwhile, Asians Americans have faced a spike in reactionary xenophobia. These trendlines have worsened as the months drag on—continuing to expose the structural racism and injustices that underpin these disparate health outcomes. How can the U.S. right the ship? What are the near and long term interventions needed to correct these gross inequities? Who are the innovative problem solvers working on the frontlines of this crisis?

    Join us for a conversation where we will explore the underlying causes of the pandemic’s disparate impact on non-White communities as well as the inequitable response by governmental entities, policymakers, philanthropy and media producers to those outcomes.

    Speakers:
    Mary Bassett MD, MPH (Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University)
    Erik Brodt, M.D. (Associate Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, OHSU)
    Cynthia Choi (Co-Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action)
    Khalil Cumberbatch (Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice)
    Sonia Perez (COO, UnidosUS)

    Welcome remarks by Don Gips (CEO, Skoll Foundation)
    Hosted by Cheryl Dorsey (President of Echoing Green, and Board Member, Skoll Foundation)
    Moderated by Jimmie Briggs (Principal, Skoll Foundation)

    Additional Discussants

    Ernest Boykin (Criminal Justice Reform Advocate)
    Kim Gallon (Associate Professor of History at Purdue University + Founder, COVID Black)
    Nathaniel Smith (Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity)
    Monique Tula (Executive Director, National Harm Reduction Coalition)
    Olajide Williams, M.D. (Professor of Neurology, Columbia University)

    Opening spoken word poem by Darius Simpson

    Thursday, October 29, 2020

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  • NVAC l June 2021 l Equity Panel

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    The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) recommends ways to achieve optimal prevention of human infectious diseases through immunization. You can learn more about this advisory committee by visiting the NVAC website.

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  • COVID-19, Health Disparities & The Social Determinants of Health

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    During the COVID-19 pandemic, kidney patients and people of color have been disproportionately impacted. We brought together national leaders for a discussion about how we can work together to address health inequities.

    Panelists include:
    LaVarne Burton, AKF President & CEO
    Former Congresswoman, Donna Christensen M.D.
    Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán
    Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, American Heart Association
    Oliver Books, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Watts Healthcare
    Cindy Benavidez, CEO, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

    Video was recorded via Zoom Webinar, September 16, 2020

  • Considering Human Rights in Restriction Response Strategies to COVID-19

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    What are the human rights considerations in the response to COVID-19? How can societies move to control the spread of the virus in ways that do not create panic or unnecessarily restrict communities? What are critical considerations as governments try to strike the right balance between restrictions and depriving people of the ability to live their lives? Dr. Josh Sharfstein talks to Len Rubenstein, Conflict and Health program director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights.

  • Public Listening: Draft of the Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

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  • Gaps in Health Equity: Insights From History, Lessons From Covid-19, and Ideas for the Future

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    Unequal access to the Covid-19 vaccine magnifies long-standing gaps in health equity. Will this crisis propel us into a new discussion of health equity, and change our understanding of the global partnerships needed to achieve it? And how can we draw on lessons from the past in order to design a more equitable future? The 10th Yale Development Dialogue focused on the health and healthcare challenges low-income countries face. 
    Panelists: Sunil Amrith, Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Pascaline Dupas, Dr. Mesfin Teklu Tessema
    Moderator: Catherine Cheney

  • COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Meeting | October 28, 2021 | Part 3 of 4

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    The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force was established by Executive Order 13995, Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery, which was issued on January 21, 2021. The Task Force is part of the government-wide effort to identify and eliminate health and social disparities that result in disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.
    Visit our website to learn more.
    Contact us at: COVID19HETF@hhs.gov

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  • APAICS Health Summit - Health Equity and Digital Health during COVID

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    The United States’ lack of access rate to healthcare is alarmingly high, and women of color are particularly vulnerable. AAPIs specifically face additional challenges, including cultural and logistical barriers, hurdles based on immigration or economic status, and geographic location. Healthcare equity is the goal. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a space for new innovative ways to reach every single patient. From tele-health to remote monitoring to cloud computing, technology will transform the healthcare industry. This panel will discuss the new technological advancements and how they can be leveraged to connect with the most vulnerable AAPI populations. This panel will highlight historical factors that have led to the present-day impact on healthcare and provide policy solutions on how AAPIs can overcome the systematic lack of equitable healthcare access.

  • Conversations on Health Equity: Moving Health Equity Forward after COVID-19

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, The COVID-19 pandemic has brought social and racial injustice and inequity to the forefront of public health. This spotlight on inequity presents an opportunity for changes to be made to America's health care system as the country begins to emerge from the pandemic.

    During our third and final Conversations on Health Equity program, our panel of experts and practitioners will discuss the causes of health inequity and share solutions to move us toward a more equitable health care system.

    Wednesday, June 16
    4 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. ET

    This series is presented in partnership with Bank of America and sponsored by the Derek Lewis Foundation; National Medical Association; and Arkansas Medical, Dental, & Pharmaceutical Association.

    Panelists include:
    Mayra E. Alvarez, The Children’s Partnership
    Dr. Jay Bhatt, Medical Home Network and University of Illinois School of Public Health
    Dr. Brian Gittens, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    Lupe M. Rodriguez, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice
    Dr. Creshelle Nash, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

  • COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force : Third Meeting

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    The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force was established by Executive Order 13995, Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery, which was issued on January 21, 2021. The Task Force is part of the government-wide effort to identify and eliminate health and social disparities that result in disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.

    The Task Force held its second virtual meeting on April 9, 2021, from 2pm-5pm ET. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations specific to mental and behavioral health across the life course.

    For more information about the Task Force, visit:

  • COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Meeting | April 30, 2021 | Part 3 of 3

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    The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force was established by Executive Order 13995, Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery, which was issued on January 21, 2021. The Task Force is part of the government-wide effort to identify and eliminate health and social disparities that result in disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.
    Visit our website to learn more:
    Contact us at: COVID19HETF@hhs.gov

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  • The Coronavirus Pandemic: Health Inequities and Vulnerable Communities

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has hit underserved populations and communities of color particularly hard, exacerbating longstanding health disparities in the U.S. In this Facebook Live Q&A, Dr. Mary Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and Former Commissioner of Health for New York City, unpacked COVID-19 and health inequities based on geography, income, race and occupation. In addition, she discussed an urgent need for data. The World’s Elana Gordon moderated.

    Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH on April 28, 2020.

  • 11/2/2021 - Breaking Barriers to COVID-19 Equity

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    Aimalohi Ahonkhai, MD, MPH and Charles Vega, MD discuss what we can do to address COVID-19 inequalities. Topics: *Structural barriers to health care and vaccine access *Tools to reduce inequities *Real COVID-19 patient stories *The latest data on medications to prevent and treat COVID-19, including a potential new oral medication

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    Presenting faculty:
    Aimalohi Ahonkhai, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Charles Vega, MD, Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, School of Medicine
    Director, UC Irvine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Associate Dean, School of Medicine at University of California, Irvine

  • Prioritizing Equity: COVID-19 & the Experiences of Medical Students

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    The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting physicians-in-training in unique and complex ways. In the latest installment of the American Medical Association's health equity YouTube series, hear from the young, leading voices of our nation’s medical institutions as they share the health equity immediate and long-term considerations and impact this pandemic poses.

  • WATCH LIVE: HHS health equity task force assesses COVID-19 response

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  • Health Equity Outlook 2022

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    With the change in administration, 2021 has brought the winds of change to the health policy arena. Over the past year, momentum has been building for the introduction of various legislation that aim to improve health equity through greater access to health care, including for immigrants. However, longstanding challenges to health equity remain, such as the ongoing fight for disaggregated data, especially with regard to COVID-19 data and its impact on AANHPI communities. Hear from health policy advocates about lessons learned in the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris Administration and strategies for advancing policy initiatives for better health equity in 2022 and beyond.

  • Equity and Social Justice Webinar - Health Disparities and COVID-19

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    Equity and Social Justice Webinar - Health Disparities and COVID-19

    Panel Speakers:
    Italo M. Brown, MD, MPH
    Emergency Medicine Physician, Clinical Instructor
    Social Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
    Chief Impact Officer, T.R.A.P. Medicine

    Mary Fleming, MD, MPH, FACOG
    Locum Tenens Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    President, Reede Scholars, Inc.

    Erika Flores Uribe, MD, MPH
    Director, Innovation in Language Access and Inclusion
    Department of Health Services, Los Angeles County
    Assistant Professor, Clinical Emergency Medicine
    LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles

    Brian Williams, MD, FACS
    Associate Professor of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
    University of Chicago Medical Center

    Moderator:
    Alden Landry, MD, MPH
    Assistant Dean, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership,
    Harvard Medical School
    Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, MA

  • NVAC l September 2020 | Day 2, Part 2: Flu Vaccination During COVID-19 & Overdue Immunization

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    The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) recommends ways to achieve optimal prevention of human infectious diseases through immunization. This meeting focused on COVID-19 and vaccination. You can learn more about this advisory committee by visiting the NVAC website:

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  • COVID-19: a Global Health Perspective | Boston Area

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    COVID 19 health disparities impacting Black communities in the Boston area:

    Local academic, medical, and community leaders share data and perspectives on the racial disparities of the COVID-19 experience in the Boston area.


    Speakers:

    Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology and Director, Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health, HSPH

    Adrianne Gladden-Young, Senior Viral Genomics Researcher, Sabeti Lab at the Broad Institute, Author, “Give Black Scientists a Place in This Fight”, The Atlantic

    Alister Martin, Emergency Medical Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH Center for Social Justice and Health Equity at HMS

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  • Health and Equity

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    The pandemic has exacerbated inequalities that have always existed in our healthcare system. Barriers to care and higher mortality rates in communities of color stand in sharp contrast to the preferential treatment of wealthy white Americans. While it is clear that the status quo needs to change, how do we eliminate the gap in coverage and build a system that benefits everyone? Join CHF for a panel discussion about this pressing issue with David Ansell (Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center), Dr. Fernando De Maio (Director of Health Equity Research and Data Use in the Center for Health Equity at the American Medical Association), and Sharrelle Barber (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University). This program is moderated by Marissa Evans (Staff Writer covering healthcare and race in California for The Los Angeles Times).

    This program is generously underwritten by Rebecca McDade.

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  • Using Data for Justice: How Changemakers Can Center Racial Equity in COVID-19 Recovery

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    Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for a special installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action, to launch Urban’s Racial Equity Analytics Lab (REAL).

    During this virtual event, Michael McAfee, president and CEO of PolicyLink, and Alonzo Plough, chief science officer and vice president of research-evaluation-learning at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will join Wartell to discuss the power of disaggregated data to help changemakers lead an equitable response to the pandemic and economic crisis. Next, Shena Ashley, vice president for the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and cofounder of REAL, Kelly Jin, New York City’s chief analytics officer and director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, and Candace Moore, Chicago’s chief equity officer, will join Wartell to discuss how leaders are using disaggregated data right now to target COVID-19 response to communities needing the most aid and how new tools at the intersection of data science and public policy can help create an equitable recovery.

    The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis has worsened long-standing racial health and economic inequities, and an uneven recovery could leave communities of color further behind. The Urban Institute’s Racial Equity Analytics Lab equips equity-focused changemakers with data and analyses to design and advance race-conscious policies that remedy structural racism and to hold governments and institutions accountable for choices that perpetuate oppressive systems.

  • Panel 1: Health Policies and Health Disparities

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    The 33rd Annual MacLean Center Conference presents Panel 1: Health Policy and Health Disparities moderated by Dr. Monica Peek from the University of Chicago.

    Dr. Sara Scarlet: Do Policies Perpetuate Punishment?
    Dr. Marshall Chin ‘Yes, And’ and the Power of No: Improv and Standup Comedy to Advance Health Equity
    Dr. Monica Peek: Black Lives Matter: Racial Justice as a Critical Issue in Clinical Medical Ethics
    Dr. Selwyn Rogers: Intentional Violence, COVID-19, and Health Disparities: A Quest for Equity
    Dr. Preston Reynolds: Achieving the Impossible: Keeping a Local Jail COVID-Free
    Dr. Erin DeMartino: Just Short of Crisis: Operating under Contingency Conditions
    Recording Unavailable - Dr. Stacy Lindau: More Sex than I Would Like


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  • COVID 19 Health Equity Task Force : 2nd Meeting

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    The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force was established by Executive Order 13995, Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery, which was issued on January 21, 2021. The Task Force is part of the government-wide effort to identify and eliminate health and social disparities that result in disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.

    The Task Force held its second virtual meeting on April 9, 2021, from 2pm-5pm ET. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations specific to mental and behavioral health across the life course.

    For more information about the Task Force, visit:

  • EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: The Role of Primary Care in Health Equity

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    2021 Leadership and Faculty Development Program Conference and Minority Health Policy Annual Meeting: May 4 - 7, 2021

    EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: The Role of Primary Care in Health Equity

    “Advancing Health Equity: The Essential Role of Primary Care”
    Keynote: Judith Steinburg, MD, MPH
    Chief Medical Officer, Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy,
    Office of Assistant Secretary Health,
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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    May 4, 2021

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  • Racial Justice & Equity in the Time of COVID with ReNika Moore of the ACLU

    1:38

    America’s refusal to deal with its history of racism and long-standing racial inequities makes the impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities neither surprising nor accidental. Please join us for a conversation with ReNika Moore, director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, and Deborah Archer, Co-Faculty Director at the Center on Race, Inequality & the Law at NYU School of Law, as they break down the need for structural reform to dismantle the deep-seated racism in our institutions, and the need to invest more in Black communities and pave the way for reparations.

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  • HarvardX: Confronting COVID-19 - Class 15: Public Health Infrastructure

    1:9:12

    OVERVIEW : For the last half century, observers have described the deterioration of US Public Health institutions and infrastructure for health promotion and disease prevention. This session will focus on the US Public Health System and structural obstacles to responding to COVID-19 and other critical health problems. GUEST FACULTY : ● Mary Bassett - François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health ● Howard Koh - Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health ● Margaret Kruk - Professor of Health Systems, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, QuEST Center ● Rajesh Panjabi - Instructor in Medicine; Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Affiliate; Co-Founder and CEO, Last Mile Health

  • COVID-19 and Race: Educational Equity in a New Era

    1:18:30

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    Visit us at brownschool.wustl.edu/profdev

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    When COVID-19 forced schools to change how they facilitated learning, long-standing race and class divides in our educational systems became more distinct than ever. From access to food to access to technology, from early education to higher education, students of color faced greater disadvantages than their white peers due to a well-documented opportunity gap. Hear from educators who have been championing educational equity since before the pandemic and are re-energized in their efforts to support student achievement. The panel includes:
    *Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, PhD, Superintendent of University City School District
    *Terry Harris, EdD, Executive Director of Student Services, Rockwood School District
    *Sherita Love, Founding Director, EdHub STL

    *Art McCoy, PhD, Superintendent of Jennings School District

    This program is presented in partnership with the Clark-Fox Policy Institute.

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    Questions or comments? Please feel free to email us at brownschool@wustl.edu

  • Health equity symposia: April 7th 2021

    1:1:00

    Health Equity Symposium

  • Faith, Community & Government – Health Collaboration to Address Health Disparities during COVID-19

    1:30:06

  • 2020 National Health Equity Research Webcast

    1:37:59

    The 26th National Health Equity Research Webcast: Truth to Power: Building Solidarity for Health and Democracy

    Friday, Sept. 11, 2020
    (Remote Zoom Presentation)

    PANELISTS
    Amanda Maria Navarro, DrPH, MPH
    Chief Impact Officer, PolicyLink

    Mia R. Keeys, M.A., BA
    Director, Health Equity Policy and Advocacy, American Medical Association

    Anita Chandra, Dr.PH, MPH, BA
    Vice President and Director, RAND Social and Economic Well-Being, RAND Corporation

    MODERATOR
    Leoneda Inge, M.J.
    Race and Southern Culture Reporter, North Carolina Public Radio

    (This event was formerly called the Annual Summer Public Health Research Video-conference on Minority Health.)

  • Racial Disparities in COVID-19 | Webinar

    1:1:45

    Overwhelming evidence shows that COVID-19 is reinforcing longstanding racial health inequities that existed prior to the pandemic. In this webinar, experts provided updates on what is known about inequities in COVID and discuss what actions are needed to address them and to address racial health inequities more generally.

    Panelists:
    -Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Dornsife
    -Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD, Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention at Dornsife

    Moderator:
    Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention at Dornsife

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  • Health Equity The Role of Researchers, Community Partners, & Practitioners

    1:12:41

    This panel provides an overview of what “health equity” means & how various stakeholders can support the improvement of health equity within communities. The presentation includes a brief video of the Mason & Partners (MAP) Clinic to illustrate how Mason is has an impact on health equity in Northern Virginia. The panelists will then discuss promising strategies & challenges of improving health equity, followed by audience Q&A.

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