2020 changed everything – bringing with it much needed clarity in healthcare. The year served as a magnifier to areas and issues in desperate need of creative solutions – solutions driven by the intent to deliver care where people are, right at home. However, the distribution of said solutions has been far from universal – presenting challenging for some of those who need them most. For both COVID-19 and underlying health issues, cohorts of community members and enterprise leaders are pooling their knowledge and resources to deliver care, address the issues that matter most, and build communities back up for their most vulnerable patients.
But before the formulation and launch of said opportunities and solutions, it must be made clear that value can only be derived after frank discussions of health equity. According to the 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.’” Starting at this honest place and holding ourselves and our partners accountable, leads us to increased trust, access, and ultimate equity.
On Transformation Tuesdays in February, we, alongside activists from the public, healthcare and business sectors, are finding this honest place and attempting to tip the scale of health equity in favor of patients. Ignited to make a difference and renew your commitment to community innovation? View the February 9 session below and register today for ‘Addressing the Elephant: Vulnerability & Disparities in Patient Outcomes’ on February 23.
Community Innovation: Increasing Access
When innovating for change, the scope of application is almost always kept in mind. Though improving even one life has substantial impact, widespread health for the family, friends, and acquaintances of that individual is the ultimate goal. A barrier to such care improvements? Access. But rest assured, tremendous efforts are being made – some with outstanding and longstanding results. Understand deeper the issues and opportunities through the stories of these healthcare access activists.
Moderator: Will Morris, MD, Executive Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic
Nazleen Bharmal, MD, PhD, Associate Chief, Community Health & Partnerships, Cleveland Clinic
Daniel Knecht, MD, VP of Clinical Product Transformation, CVS Health
Melba Moore, DBA, MS, CPHA, Health Commissioner, Cincinnati Health Department