The Covid-19 Pandemic has illuminated the ills of health inequity in our country. According to the Center for Disease Control, “It has highlighted that health equity is still not a reality as COVID-19 has unequally affected many racial and ethnic minority groups, putting them more at risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19 (Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups, April 2021). For those who have lived these ongoing health disparities, Covid 19 is just the latest example of health inequity and systemic racism that have been at the foundation of our country’s policies from its inception.
The Rodham Institute believes that those people who are closest to the problem know the best solutions where community leadership should be the locus of power to inform and drive change. We have over 150 partners who instruct us on the health priorities of the community where mental health and gun violence are of primary importance. Our multidisciplinary approach focuses on these impacted communities, who experience health inequity daily, to lead and design solutions to maximize impact.
The research study “Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Washington Region”, highlighted the twenty-six-year difference in life expectancy within a 10-mile span in our nation's capital, arguably the richest country in the world. Beyond researching these inequities, action is required now through an approach called applied health equity achieved through the following three steps:
- Training Current and Future Health Professionals in Applied Health Equity
- Youth Education Programming and Workforce Development
- Community Collaborations
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