Listen to “Health Disparities in the U.S. Exposed During COVID Calls for Less Talk, More Action A NEW REPORT IS CHARTING A BOLD ROADMAP TO ACHIEVE HEAL” on Spreaker.
“Why is your health status different from mine?” This question surrounding health disparities has been intensified since the COVID-19 pandemic further exposed the unfair differences in the health of people based on neighborhood, education, sexuality, gender, and other key factors.
Health disparities are defined as avoidable and unfair differences in the health of people or groups that negatively impact their quality of life and life expectancy. Research has shown that clear disparities exist in relation to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, mental health, and COVID-19.
Now a new report conducted by Economist Impact explores the opportunities that could be created by eliminating health disparities over the next 20 years, while charting a bold course for unified action. Some key findings in the report include:
• Disparities in care are avoidable, unfair, and cost us all
• Addressing inequities must be an urgent moral, social, and economic priority
• Various organizations must contribute to the pursuit of health equity
• Systems are slow to promote equity because they are often incentivized not to
The next steps to achieve health equity by 2040 include the following recommended actions:
1. Restructuring the health system to incentivize prevention for both physical and mental health
2. Reimagining investment beyond the upfront cost, towards longer term investments
3. Making practical changes that improve collaboration
4. Improving knowledge of how to best reach certain populations
The report concludes that inaction can be as powerful as action. It shows that to eliminate health disparities, key groups at a community and system level must work together to improve health equity.
Dr. Keith Rawlings, M.D., Senior Medical Director of ViiV Healthcare, will be available to discuss the impact of health inequities in your local community and how they are negatively impacting particular groups, including Black, Latinx, and minority ethnic groups. He will also talk about the new roadmap to eliminating these disparities, particularly as it relates to the HIV epidemic.
Interview courtesy: ViiV Healthcare
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