Friday Five – Health Equity
According to CDC, health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.” This week’s Friday Five explores the topic of health equity, what is being done to bring attention to it and how health disparities are being addressed.
HIMSS Global Health Equity Week
Since 2006, U.S. National Health IT Week has brought together stakeholders in Washington, DC and across the country to demonstrate the power of information and technology to transform health. Today, HIMSS (@HIMSS) is pleased to use the power of this partner-driven platform to present Global Health Equity Week.
ATA Launches Initiative to Advance Role of Telehealth in Eliminating Health Disparities
The American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) announced the launch and first phase of action in a new initiative to assess the applications of telehealth in addressing and eliminating health disparities in the U.S. Led by a team of leaders in diverse healthcare areas including providers, payers, community health organizations and policymakers, the new ATA CEO’s Advisory Group has worked to outline a new framework for eliminating health disparities that will be the foundation of ongoing strategic analysis and a series of policy recommendations in the months ahead.
The Healthcare Leadership Experience: Creating Equity in Healthcare Education with Geoffrey Roche
Host Lisa Miller is joined by Geoffrey Roche, Senior Vice President, Workforce Development, Dignity Health Global Education. Geoffrey’s professional career has included over nine years in hospital administration where he served as a strategic advisor to the President and CEO and department director of various departments, including Business Development and Planning, Government Affairs, Community Health, and Public Relations, for a regional healthcare system in Northeast Pennsylvania.
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The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE)
Protecting Americans’ health and well-being has always been at the heart of fighting climate change, and now for the first time, its importance is being elevated at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS established the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE) in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. This is the first office of its kind at the national level to address climate change and health equity. The Office’s mission is to protect vulnerable communities who disproportionately bear the brunt of pollution and climate-driven disasters, such as drought and wildfires, at the expense of public health.
Household Experiences in America During the Delta Variant Outbreak
NPR (@NPR), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (@RWJF) and Harvard School of Public Health (@HarvardChanSPH) report that more than a year and a half into the COVID-19 outbreak, the recent spread of the highly transmissible delta variant in the United States has extended severe financial and health problems in the lives of many households across the country—disproportionately impacting people of color and people with low income.
Increases in economic assistance helped millions avoid peril during the pandemic. But our latest with @NPR + @HarvardChanSPH finds those with low incomes and communities of color are still disproportionately facing significant health + financial burdens. https://t.co/eTmtBRKnGB
— Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (@RWJF) October 12, 2021