In April, Summer Search presented our fifth iteration of Championing for Justice and Equity (CJE), a three-year conversation on race, justice, and systemic inequity.
The conversation, Advancing Equity in American Healthcare, addressed the vast inequities that exist at every level of the United States' healthcare system, disparities that COVID-19 has magnified, especially for BIPOC individuals and communities.
In Part 1 of our two-part series, our panel of health experts and practitioners laid the foundation for understanding these inequities, as well as presented reforms and public policy efforts aimed at promoting equity, improving health outcomes, and increasing access to care.
- 00:24 – 03:31: Welcome – John Brennan
03:32 – 06:30: Panel Introductions - Niki Hawkins
06:31 – 13:04: Dr. Elena V. Rios
13:53 – 23:15: Fernando De Maio, PhD
24:11 – 36:30: Darci L. Graves
37:33 – 1:00:54: Panel Discussion + Q&A
1:00:58 - 1:02:50: Closing - Niki Hawkins
Board Chair, Summer Search Bay Area
"All of this matters. It matters not only because all people deserve to have high quality health and healthcare... it matters not only because this is an issue of fundamental justice and fairness. It matters because one's health is essential to participation in our economy to achieve economic parity."
Anika 'Niki' Hawkins
Vice President of Community Engagement, 6abc, WPVI-TV
"These statistics are sobering. But we're here and we're ready to talk."
"We train (doctors) on how to be leaders, so that when they go work in hospitals or clinics, they can change programs to be more inclusive, to have language services, cultural competence programs, to reach our community that might not be English (speaking)."
Learn more: Check out NHMA's Bi-Lingual Portal, offering resources in English and Spanish, and explore their unique programs to address the major barriers and needs of the Hispanic community and other underserved populations
Fernando De Maio, PhD
"I hope you walk away from today's session with partly a sense of outrage about the injustice that's being described in our work, but also with a sense of optimism and inspiration that there are remarkably talented individuals and institutions trying to better understand the problems... and launching innovative and promising interventions to try to make this a fairer world."
Learn More: Explore the American Medical Association's (AMA) plan to embed racial justice and advancing health equity. Also check out Dr. De Maio's 2021 book, Structural Racism and the Death Gap in America's Largest Cities.
Darci L. Graves
"We need to listen to the community as much as they listen to us... and make sure the information is shared in a way that resonates with the community, using trusted messengers."
Learn More: In April, CMS outlined an action plan to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all people, regardless of their background. Explore their Five Health Equity Priorities for Reducing Disparities in Health.
Carolina Cashaw, RN, BSN
"[COVID] highlights the important idea that being sick is a real concern with going to work... like if you are sick, stay home and take care of yourself. Up until now, we've kind of overlooked the importance of self care. Now that COVID is evolving... remembering to be mindful of ourselves and everyone else will further help us become a stronger community."
Learn more: Explore UCSF's Patient Education portal.
Don't Miss Our Next CJE Events:
- June 28, 2022 - Advancing Equity in American Healthcare, Part 2 - Mental Health
October 2022 - Closing the Racial Wealth Gap