Health Equity And The Future Of Nursing, Post-COVID-19

A National Academy of Medicine (NAM) panel clearly conveyed that the nursing field must be socially and politically engaged in advocacy efforts to address the health inequities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the most trusted among all health professionals, I can think of…no group better equipped to advance health equity,” said panelist Lisa Cooper, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity. Panelist Kristine Qureshi, a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, agreed. “Systemic inequities require policy change,” she said. “It is incumbent that nursing views that as one of their essential roles.”

Cooper and Qureshi spoke on August 30, 2020, during a NAM webinar that I moderated. It sought to gather input about the nation’s pandemic response, as well as how nurses, specifically, have responded.

Information from the webinar will be included in a second Future of

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Wisconsin Gov. Appoints 33 To Health Equity Council

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday appointed 33 health professionals, politicians and nonprofit directors to his Health Equity Council.

The council aims to bolster overall public health in Wisconsin and and create more equitable health outcomes for all Wisconsinites, according to a release.

“We didn’t need the COVID-19 pandemic to tell us that your health is closely linked to your zip code, race, and other socioeconomic factors,” Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said in a statement. “Through this robust public-private collaboration we can target the social determinants of health that drive these health disparities and make real progress towards ensuring that every Wisconsinite has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.”

According to the release, Wisconsin in 2016 was given a “D” in a University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute report.

The council is made up of:

  • Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
  • DHS Secretary-designee
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Providence pharmacy promotes health equity through education

Question: What is Asthenis, when was it formed, and where is it based?

Formed in July 2018, Asthenis is a model that combines public health with pharmacy. The name Asthenis is Greek for the word “patient.” In medicine, we refer to people as “the patient.” Many of the issues we face as a nation stem from a focus away from the patient (people) and more toward administration. We believe that if we focus back on the patient, then we can help dig ourselves out of the hole we created.

Asthenis is located in the affordable-housing complex named Wiggin Village, which is next to the low-income neighborhood I grew up in on Hanover Street in the West End of Providence.

Q: What are some examples of health equity gaps and how does Asthenis address them?

Where people live – and their ability to access public health guidance and reliable health education

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CDC Foundation Names Lauren A. Smith to New Role Leading Health Equity and Strategy

ATLANTA, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The CDC Foundation today announced the creation of a new role, Chief Health Equity and Strategy Officer, and that Lauren A. Smith, MD, MPH, is joining the Foundation in this capacity. In this role, Smith will partner with the Foundation’s other senior leaders to develop and drive strategic efforts to embed health equity across the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 response activities with an explicit focus on addressing systemic racism and its impact on the ability for vulnerable populations to be resilient amidst the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has in real time laid bare health inequities that have been with us across our history,” said Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “While nearly all of Foundation’s public health programs have a health equity component, it is vital that we are purposeful and strategic in how we evaluate and address

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