Health Inequities

Working to address social, racial and economic inequities that impact health.

Workgroup’s focus for 2018

Address institutional barriers that lead to poor health outcomes for minority women.

  • Evidence suggests that factors such as stereotyping and prejudice on the part of health care providers may contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health. Additionally, cultural differences between the health care provider and patient can cause communication problems and can lead to an inaccurate understanding of the patient’s symptoms. Ambiguities between health care providers’ and patients’ understanding and interpretation of information may contribute to disparities in care. For example, language and literacy barriers interfere with physician–patient communication and can contribute to culturally derived mistrust of the health care system and reduce adherence to health care provider recommendations.

Recommendation 1:  Support African American workforce development

  1. Increase higher education opportunities and completion rates

Recommendation 2:  Address Institutional barriers that lead to poor outcomes for minority women

  1. Evidence suggests that factors such as stereotyping and prejudice on the part of health care providers may contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health. Additionally, cultural differences between the health care provider and patient can cause communication problems and can lead to an inaccurate understanding of the patient’s symptoms. Ambiguities between health care providers’ and patients’ understanding and interpretation of information may contribute to disparities in care. For example, language and literacy barriers interfere with physician–patient communication and can contribute to culturally derived mistrust of the health care system and reduce adherence to health care provider recommendations.

Recommendation 3:  Reduce economic inequities by providing education and support to families

  1. Financial security education
  2. Empower women to develop “social capital”

 

 

If you would like to join the Health Disparities work group please contact Barbara Colbert at 405-425-4427 or barbara_colbert@occhd.org.

UPDATES

  • Name of the Workgroup changed from Health Disparities to Health Inequities
  • If you missed the opportunity to participate in the Data Walk, Join us at the CAOK’s Community Summit on September 20th at UCO. Visit https://www.caok.org/communitysummitfor more details!
  • Did you miss the segment from OETA on Infant Mortality? Check it out at https://youtu.be/rEEc-W6Y1v4.