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Health Equity

Moving Beyond the Hospital Walls: Health Activism in 2017

Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH | Posted 01.05.2017 | Impact
Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH

Fighting for social and health justice is not what I went to medical school for, but it has now become the driving force behind my work. As the nation...

Health Equity Includes Identify Reform

Javier William Lopez | Posted 10.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Javier William Lopez

As I get ready to do my civic duty and go to the polls on November 8th, I've been reflecting on some of the great contributions that the Latinx commun...

The Movement for Black Lives' Policy Demands: Polarizing or Health-full?

Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH | Posted 10.18.2016 | Black Voices
Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH

In the context of a contentious political season, it should not be surprising that much of what the Movement for Black Lives has been calling for has been framed as a polarizing, political agenda, when at much of its core, it is a public health agenda.

The Mortality Games: U.S. Is Disqualified In Trials For Health Olympics

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Anne Mercer

How should we train for the Health Olympics in future generations? It took us over sixty years to go from being one of the world's healthiest nations to today's dismal showing. There is no quick fix.

Until Universal Health Care Coverage, We Have Medicaid to Combat Health Injustices

Elizabeth G. Taylor | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth G. Taylor

At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week several prominent speakers highlighted the need for universal health care, which they ...

An Urgent Call For Health Equity In Breast Cancer

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

As it stands today, African-American women are roughly 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Even looking at mortality rates - which have decreased for all women in the U.S. since 1990 - the decreases began earlier and are greater for white women than for African-American women.

Building On Obamacare To Battle Health Disparities

Elizabeth G. Taylor | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth G. Taylor

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a landmark action toward reducing health disparities in a long and ongoing struggle to ensure that everyone in this country has an equal opportunity to be healthy.

Denying Medicaid Patients Access to Hep C Treatments is Wrong and Illegal

Elizabeth G. Taylor | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth G. Taylor

Drug companies must be held accountable to ensure that treatment is truly accessible to those who need it most. Making a cure available to all is not only the right thing to do, it is necessary to comply with the law, and to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C.

From Pennsylvania to the Pacific and Back: The Public Health 3.0 Listening Tour
First Stop: Allegheny County

Dr. Karen DeSalvo | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen DeSalvo

The best way to start that conversation is by listening, which is why we have launched a Public Health 3.0 Listening Tour of communities throughout our country.

Such a Thing as a Free Lunch--for all School Kids

David Sandman | Posted 04.25.2016 | New York
David Sandman

In the next few weeks, parents across New York City will receive notices about prekindergarten slots for children attending school this fall. Thanks t...

What in the World Is LGBT Cultural Competence, Anyway?

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.11.2017 | Queer Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Lack of provider education is only a small piece of the problem that keeps our community from seeking health care and receiving high quality treatment.

Finding My Place In the Fight for Social Justice and Health Equity

Jasmine Burton | Posted 10.16.2016 | Impact
Jasmine Burton

How could I even begin to advocate and push the needle of change on the global stage if I am always perceived as a privileged American who will never understand?

Poll Highlights Importance of Nutritious School Meals for Every Child

Carla Thompson | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Carla Thompson

The national school meal nutrition standards help ensures kids eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And kids are doing just that -- a Harvard University study found fruit consumption increased 23 percent, and vegetable consumption increased 16 percent after the new nutrition standards were implemented in 2012.

Making Health Equity A Reality In America

Rep. Robin Kelly | Posted 09.16.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Robin Kelly

Your zip code, ethnicity and bank balance shouldn't determine your health. The Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America puts us one step closer to balancing the scales and realizing the core mission of the CBC Health Braintrust: Achieving health equity in a generation.

Smart Justice -- Begins With Health Equity

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Smart Justice is a banner many state law enforcement and criminal justice stakeholders utilize to drive prison reform. Whatever strategies and program...

University Report Card 2.0: Global Equity and Biomedical Research

Christopher Noble | Posted 05.04.2016 | College
Christopher Noble

Universities are positioned as institutions devoted to the research and discovery of innovations for the benefit of the public that supports them.

Why It Is Imperative To Address Latino Health Disparities

Elianne Ramos | Posted 05.01.2016 | Latino Voices
Elianne Ramos

What is health inequity? What are the social determinants that generate it? What is being done to address it? On my latest online show, it became clear that it is impossible to talk about issues of health equity without discussing social justice.

More Than Numbers: The Human Stories Behind Global Health Data

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

Health should not be something that can only be accessed by those who have the means to pay for treatment, but should rather be shared by everyone, especially those in fragile economic situations.

The FDA Should Even The Score For Women's Sexual Health

Susan Scanlan | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Susan Scanlan

Women have the right to make their own informed choices concerning their sexual health; that gender equality should be the standard when it comes to access to treatments for sexual dysfunction; and that the approval of safe and effective treatments for women's sexual dysfunction should be a priority for action by the FDA.

The Black Church and HIV: A Divine Prescription

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 09.18.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

On July 20, the NAACP will recognize the Day of Unity, to combat the disparate impact that HIV has on Black America. As an ordained minister, I know the power that faith communities can wield by providing life saving education and advocacy. This is not the time to be quiet. This is the time to speak.

Taking Action for Health Equity Through Preparedness and Response

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

It takes a community working together to prepare for, respond to and recover effectively from the destructive forces of nature and other emergencies. Minority Health Month reminds us how important health equity is -- not just for minority communities but for our health and strength as a nation.

MLK Day: His Calls for Equality, Service Are Enduring Legacies

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Involvement can come in so many ways, from giving money to giving time, from offering your expertise to rounding up friends to attend an event. The possibilities are limitless. So are the opportunities. Whatever you believe in, there's an organization out there that could use you.

Improving Our Nation's Health, Community by Community

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

While heart disease and stroke are major threats for all Americans, certain segments of our population are hit the hardest.

Health Equity For Older LGBT People Of Color

Robert Espinoza | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Espinoza

Helena Bushong and Ty Martin are LGBT and people of color. Both combat the health disparities and socioeconomic challenges associated with aging as people who are marginalized on multiple fronts.

Immigration and the Elderly

Lisa Eckenwiler | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Lisa Eckenwiler

We might be said to be responsible for addressing harms migrant care workers (and their countries' health systems and ill and aging populations) suffer because of our shared humanity, or our participation in processes that generate injustice.