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Addressing SDoH to Reduce Smoking Rates and Improve Health Equity

How HCOs are addressing SDoH to promote smoking cessation in vulnerable populations

Cigarette smoking is one of the most pronounced examples of health inequities today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), low income cigarette smokers are disproportionately impacted by cigarette smoking than smokers with higher incomes. Research shows that populations with low socioeconomic status have higher rates of lung cancer risk than those in the most affluent groups. The reality is that smoking is a significant contributor to more than 480,000 smoking-related deaths every year, or about one in five deaths. However, tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities vulnerable populations education

Reducing Health Disparities In Minority Communities Through Community Partnerships

April is Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is “Active and Healthy”

April is minority health month, and while minority communities continue to increase in population size, the unfortunate truth is that these groups often face significant health disparities. Research shows that health disparities among racial and ethnic groups serve as a barrier to health equity across a range of diseases.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities minority health month minority health

Funding a Food Allergy

Food allergies have become synonymous with the upper-middle class; there’s probably a punchline somewhere about all the nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free items in a Whole Foods shopping cart at this very moment. But, the reality is, food allergies plague every socioeconomic group in the nation; 8% of children in the United States have at least one food allergy. Wealthier families just have the means to proactively manage them.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities food

Social Determinants of Health and Physician Education

Healthcare in the United States ranks last out of 11 developed nations in the world (Citation 1). We lag far behind the UK, Australia, the Netherlands and seven other countries in access, equity, and health care outcomes. Yet, we spend more on healthcare than any of them. However, we spend much less on social services than any of the other 11 countries and therein lies the problem.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities health spending

The Looming Threats to a Widening Healthcare Disparity

It’s no secret that disparities exist within our healthcare system. Whether it is race, ethnicity, location, or socioeconomic status, health inequality is prevalent.

Topics: health disparities healthcare health spending

Cooking Up Better Health

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

Topics: health disparities community resources food community-based organizations vulnerable populations

Raising Awareness and Bridging the Gap in Minority Health

Your health care depends on who you are.” - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

Topics: health disparities coordinated care Robert Wood Johnson Foundation minority health month minority health

Convenient Healthcare: Meet People Where They Are

With the rise of consumerism among patients in healthcare, many providers are expanding operations to improve patient satisfaction. But for many vulnerable populations, convenient healthcare is not a commodity—it’s a necessity.

Topics: healthcare delivery health disparities

Preserving Culture in Population Health Strategies

If health systems, payers, and providers aim to positively impact social determinants of health, it is imperative they recognize the cultural differences in caring for minority populations. Nationwide, people of color represent 38% of all Americans, and yet these groups are overrepresented in the low-income and underinsured populations.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities population health

Overcoming Barriers to Healthcare for the Transgender Community

The health challenges facing the transgender population are some of the steepest and most difficult for any population subset in the United States today. Across the board, a transgender person is at greater risk than the national average for drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and heart disease. Compounding the problem are the community’s significant barriers to regular healthcare and gaps in coverage.

Topics: healthcare delivery health disparities LGBTQ