Promising Strategies to Advance Health Equity, Myth or Reality? How Can We Engage Diverse Patient Populations to Address the Social Determinate of Health?

90-minute Workshops

Day 2

Session Code: S2-I
When: April 11, 2018
Location/Room: 101 F
Level: Intermediate
Track: Healthcare
Presenters: Dr. Andrew Lee, WellStar Health System  |  Rosemond Sarpong Owens, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota


Everyone is talking about health equity today. However, health inequities have been with us since time immemorial. While people experiencing inequities are often blamed for their predicaments, health inequities are often caused by unequal treatment and by structural and institutional racism. Many influences combine to impact the health of people and societies. Even though health care cost is projected to surpass trillions of dollars, health outcomes in the United States continue to lag behind other industrialized countries.

While health care is critical to health outcomes, studies validate that social determinants impact the health of a person much more than health care alone. Health activities, such as smoking, nutrition and exercise, are significant factors of untimely death. Furthermore, there is growing acknowledgement that a comprehensive range of societal, economic and environmental influences impact a person’s success to involve in healthy behaviors.

There are many ways to combat health inequities and many promising practices. In this session, you will be engaged, inspired and motivated to discuss and address the opportunities around health equities and social determinants of health. Please join us!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and examine the social determinants of health
  • Learn to identify inequities to create health equity programs
  • Develop skills around a hands-on approach to use a health equity toolkit

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