Tag Archives: Health Equity

Lessons Learned Through the Implementation of a Large-Scale COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program

The integration of COVID-19 contact tracing (CT) with support services may have improved cases’ adherence with isolation guidelines and diminish pandemic-related hardships. Despite this, the timing of CT relative to infectiousness and difficulty eliciting non-household contacts may have attenuated the intervention’s effect. Case investigation and contact tracing (CI/CT) programs were widely implemented during the first years of the COVID-19 epidemic

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Investing in the Insurance Navigator Workforce to Advance Health Equity

Continued and increased political and financial investment is needed to support insurance Navigators’ equity work serving vulnerable communities in the United States. The Obama Administration launched the federally funded Insurance Navigator Program (“Navigator Program”) as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Program’s purpose was to address barriers in access to health care through providing enrollment assistance, outreach, and education

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Equity in Communication: A Policy Template for Promoting Organizational Health Literacy

The policy template presented here provides ideas on how to promote organizational health literacy within organizations.  The work presented in this post was supported by the William and Linda Frost Fund (College of Science and Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo), in the form of a Frost Undergraduate Student Research Award awarded to the first author (CNS). This

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Podcast: The Pursuit of Health Equity Through Nursing Research and Education

The first installment of this limited podcast series focuses on defining health equity research and how Dr. Ron Hickman, Associate Dean for Research at Case Western Reserve University, is using his platforms as nursing scientist and dean to advance health equity research and education. Welcome to the first episode of Health Equity in High Definition, a podcast series that showcases

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Advancing Racial Equity in Buncombe County, North Carolina

Dawn Hunter and Zo Mpofu talk about their work in developing a countywide Racial Equity Action Plan to support transformative dialogue, increase civic engagement, and formalize efforts to advance racial equity in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Within the past year, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County, NC, have declared racism a public health crisis and implemented a number of

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When Communities Lead, Positive Health Outcomes Advance

We must learn and understand our collective history as a culture to get to the root cause of the racial disparities. This post originally appeared on Every Child Thrives | W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is reposted here with permission by the author and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Read the original post here. For many of us working in public health

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Using Human-Centered Design for More Inclusive Maternal Health

We uncovered the social support gaps in maternal health and co-designed solution prototypes with community-based organizations through design workshops, highlighting the potential of design thinking as a tool for centering equity in public health practice. At Ariadne Labs, clinical teams use human-centered design to develop solution prototypes for documented gaps in health care delivery. We recently described one such initiative

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Making the “Invisible” Visible: Battling Structural Racism Against Asians in the US

Editor-in-chief Dr. Lloyd Novick speaks with Dr. Naoko Muramatsu about Battling Structural Racism Against Asians in the United States: Call for Public Health to Make the “Invisible” Visible, an article which appears in a new supplement, Public Health Interventions to Address Health Disparities Associated with Structural Racism. Violence and discrimination against Asians escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic, fueled by slurs

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Infographic: Community Resilience: A Dynamic Model for Public Health 3.0

Community Resilience as a framework for Public Health 3.0 to address structural racism, foster equity, and improve population health. The article, “Community Resilience: A Dynamic Model for Public Health 3.0” presents an innovative model for Chief Health Strategists to measure and define place-based community resilience. The paper describes methods for measuring equity and addressing structural racism as a public health

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Climate Crisis & Structural Racism — Peas in a Pod: Urgent Need for Climate Competent Care as a Structural Competency to Advance Climate Medicine

It is critical to approach climate medicine with a structural lens rather than a narrowly focused approach of climate-health knowledge alone that does not connect this existential threat to the broader socio-political ecosystem in which we function. Climate negotiations (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, this November were some of the most consequential in human history in determining our collective path forward

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