In a new interview with Nature, senior vice president and chief health equity officer at the American Medical Association (AMA) Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, speaks about her work analyzing the processes underlying health disparities and how they can be targeted to promote better outcomes in marginalized populations.
A key priority in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Operational Planning Guidance 2023/2024 is improving health outcomes for the poorest 20% of patients in the nation. Partnerships between NHS systems and the pharmaceutical industry represent one way to help address health disparities. Doing so, however, requires understanding the problem at hand and acting precisely.
A person’s living environment is an important social determinant of health (SODH), affecting access to care and employment, exposure to environmental hazards, and financial pressures. As a result, health equity efforts need to zoom down to the neighborhood level to improve health outcomes. In a new Health Affairs article, learn more about addressing health equity efforts by analyzing SODH from a neighborhood-focused perspective.
Wealth is associated with better health outcomes, but a recently published study finds that this relationship differs significantly between racial and ethnic groups. The results, taken from the Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, found that wealth was strongly associated with wealth in white and Hispanic people, but was only associated with better outcomes in the wealthiest of Black young people.
The populations of many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have poor health outcomes stemming from historical and current systemic oppression, underfunding of healthcare systems, and poor medical educational outreach. This issue is best highlighted by stark disparities in maternal mortality rates. In a newly published article in Globalization in Health, a modelling approach was used to help identify areas of improvement to aid health equity efforts in the region.
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