Remarkable progress has been made in medicine over the last century. But it is not equal progress, largely due to inequality in the development of drugs and diagnostics.
Johnson & Johnson aspires to help eradicate racial and social injustice as a public health threat by eliminating health inequities for people of color.
Health disparities are avoidable and unfair,
and they should not exist. Despite this, they
persist even in the most advanced health
systems, impacting on people’s health, life
expectancy and access to healthcare. The
differences that create health disparity arise
from a variety of factors, such as a person’s
economic situation or where they live, as well as
individual characteristics such as race, ethnicity,
sexuality and gender.
Equity-oriented health care means paying particular attention to those at greatest risk of poor health and that typically means people who are most affected by the negative impacts of social conditions such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, stigma, racism and other forms of discrimination.
When Covid struck and BAME patients died disproportionately, students of health inequalities were not surprised
The COVID-19 is disproportionally affecting the poor, minorities and a broad range of vulnerable populations, due to its inequitable spread in areas of dense population and limited mitigation capacity due to high prevalence of chronic conditions or poor access to high quality public health and medical care.
Health equity has become a hot topic, a guiding principle, and in some cases a main objective for many in the health sector. Few institutions, however, can profess as pragmatic or pervasive a commitment to this ideal as the University of Global Health Equity, a private, Rwanda based medical and public health school founded in 2015 and wholly owned by Partners In Health.
Health equity requires communities, government, civil society, and the private sector to come together to drive systems change. Together they can target the root causes of disparity and the non-medical drivers of health to achieve health equity.
The current crisis underscores why the pursuit of health equity should remain the top priority in global health. But it also lays bare the gap between the equity ambitions of the global health field and healthcare realities. The attention that the pandemic has brought to social and health inequalities may offer an opportunity to address that shortcoming.
These advances have saved lives, and though born out of necessity, serve as a foundation towards a holistic long-term vision for sustained acceleration. With so much changing so quickly, it is easy to lose sight of how this foundation paves the way for years of future advances—which is why defining the vision is so important.
Solutions from abroad can inspire action for health equity in the United States.
Health Equity Initiative (HEI) is a member-driven nonprofit membership organization dedicated to build a global community that engages across sectors and disciplines to advance health equity. By bringing together and enlisting the efforts of the public and private sectors, professions and communities that have both a stake and an influence on social determinants of health, HEI advocates for improving conditions and achieving equity in health for all.
Advancing diversity and inclusion to ensure health and wellness for everyone, everywhere.
Health Equity International is dedicated to providing essential health services to the people of southern Haiti, especially the most vulnerable.
CDC’s vision for global health equity is a world in which everyone can achieve the highest attainable level of health, and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or any other socially, economically, demographically, or geographically defined circumstance or physical condition
Meaningful change must connect research with public policy, education and training, and local programs and healthcare systems to impact global health equity outcomes in positive ways.
The University of Global Health Equity stands alone in both its focus on equity and its proximity to health systems that face the very challenges that students will grapple with in the classroom.
Equity is the absence of unfair, avoidable or remediable differences among groups of people, whether those groups are defined socially, economically, demographically, or geographically or by other dimensions of inequality (e.g. sex, gender, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation). Health is a fundamental human right. Health equity is achieved when everyone can attain their full potential for health and well-being.