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The Health Disparities Podcast is the world’s leading health equity discussion forum and is a program of Movement is Life. This podcast features thought leaders in the world of equitable health, and highlights health disparities, social determinants of health and community-led solutions.

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The Health Disparities Podcast is the world’s leading health equity discussion forum and is a program of Movement is Life. This podcast features thought leaders in the world of equitable health, and highlights health disparities, social determinants of health and community-led solutions.

    What role can hospital rankings play in promoting health equity?

    What role can hospital rankings play in promoting health equity?

    Hospitals and health systems can play a major role in addressing healthcare disparities in our nation. In our latest episode – part of our hospitals and health equity series – we zero in on hospital rankings and how the metrics that are used can compel health systems to take much-needed action on health equity. 
    “If hospitals were to focus more on health equity, they would be fulfilling both a moral responsibility as well as a legal responsibility,” says Tavia Binger, a health data analyst at U.S. News and World Report. “Nonprofit hospitals are actually required to spend portions of their revenue on community benefit activities – like providing care that is free or at a reduced cost for patients who can't afford to pay – in exchange for their tax exempt status.”
    In addition to the latest U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, published on July 16, U.S. News has also introduced health equity measures and has released a list of hospitals excelling in health equity by “providing vulnerable populations with substantial access to high-quality care,” Binger says.
    Health Disparities podcast host Dr. Mary O’Connor speaks with Binger about how U.S. News and World Report is working to promote health equity. They also discuss how healthcare consumers can use hospital rankings to understand whether the hospitals in their communities are doing their part to provide care that is both high-quality and equitable.
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    • 40 min
    Hospitals & Health Equity: The importance of understanding patients' cultural backgrounds in healthcare

    Hospitals & Health Equity: The importance of understanding patients' cultural backgrounds in healthcare

    Every person brings their own cultural background into their encounters with the healthcare system.
    But this doesn’t mean that every healthcare provider needs to develop an encyclopedic knowledge of every culture in order to provide equitable, high-quality care to every patient.
    “The truth of the matter is: that could never be done. I'm Puerto Rican, Latino, and even among Puerto Ricans, there's a great difference in lived experience, exposure to health care and the like,” says Dr. Joseph Betancourt, president of the Commonwealth Fund.
    But there will be times when a person’s cultural background affects their ability to access the health care they need. In those cases, Betancourt says it’s important that providers be equipped with the right tools and resources to assess how those cultural factors may come into play.
    Health Disparities podcast host Dr. Mary O’Connor speaks with Betancourt about the importance of culturally competent care — what it is, and what it’s not. They also discuss the need for ongoing training to address cultural differences and structural barriers, and share about recent developments in health policy and health care that give them hope.
    Never miss an episode – subscribe to The Health Disparities podcast from Movement Is Life on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 38 min
    Can predictive AI reduce health disparities in orthopedic surgery? This UK researcher aims to find out

    Can predictive AI reduce health disparities in orthopedic surgery? This UK researcher aims to find out

    Artificial Intelligence is transforming health care. The promise of this technology is enormous and is already being realized to increase the accuracy of diagnoses, promote patient engagement, increase efficiency in health care and lower costs.
    It’s even being used to identify patients at risk of disease and predict patients who might be good candidates for medical procedures. 
    Done well, AI tools can help ensure patients with the greatest need for orthopedic surgery are prioritized for care, and help reduce health care disparities, says Luke Farrow, an orthopedic and trauma surgeon and clinical researcher at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. 
    But without proper considerations, “you can ultimately end up with AI systems that worsen those health disparities, which is obviously the last thing we want. And there is definitely evidence out there to suggest that does happen if we're not careful.”
    Health Disparities podcast host Dr. Mary O’Connor spoke with Farrow about AI and health equity, and about his ongoing research on the use of AI to help general practitioners in the UK know when it is appropriate to refer patients to orthopedic surgeons for consideration of hip and knee replacement surgeries. 
    Never miss an episode – subscribe to The Health Disparities podcast from Movement Is Life on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 29 min
    Healthcare hurdles: Exploring disparities and solutions for underserved communities

    Healthcare hurdles: Exploring disparities and solutions for underserved communities

    For too many people in the U.S., health care is unaffordable and not accessible. Even patients who have health insurance coverage can be confronted with barriers that keep them from accessing the health care that they need.
    And research shows health disparities are rampant, with health care access — and outcomes — worse for people of color and other marginalized groups.
    The new State of Patient Access report from the PAN Foundation breaks down these disparities and highlights next steps for creating more equitable access to care. 
    “Our goal with the project was really to understand the challenges that adults living with chronic conditions every single day face accessing the care they need,” says Amy Niles, the PAN Foundation’s health policy expert and Chief Mission Officer. “More importantly, our goal was to understand what disparities exist, and there were some significant disparities between various groups and communities.”
    To learn more about the report, and what can be done to help overcome barriers to care for underserved communities, Health Disparities podcast host Dr. Ramon Jimenez spoke with  Niles, along with Adrianna Nava, president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

    • 35 min
    From Crisis to Care: How Boston's BEST Program is Redefining Mental Health Support

    From Crisis to Care: How Boston's BEST Program is Redefining Mental Health Support

    Mental health is an important part of our overall health, but many people confront barriers that keep them from accessing the mental health care they need.
    A program in Boston aims to  address mental health disparities by disrupting traditional health care models. The Boston Emergency Services Team, or BEST, is led by Dr. David Henderson, chief of psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. 
    BEST brings together mental health providers, community resources, law enforcement, and the judicial system to deliver care to people in need of mental health services.
    Henderson says bringing mental health providers alongside police responding to calls for service for mental health needs has helped reduce the number of people with mental illness ending up in jails and prisons.
    “The criminal justice system has, by default, become one of the largest mental health systems … around the country as well,” Henderson says. “People with mental illness are in jails and prisons, at a percentage that they really should not be.”
    Henderson speaks with Health Disparities podcast host Hadiya Green about what it takes to ensure people in need of mental health services get the help they need, why it’s important to train providers to recognize unconscious biases, and what it means to provide trauma-informed and culturally sensitive care.

    • 43 min
    Dr. Jerome Adams on why the words we use matter in efforts to promote health equity

    Dr. Jerome Adams on why the words we use matter in efforts to promote health equity

    Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has the following message for health equity advocates: forge respectful relationships with people with different viewpoints — and pay close attention to the words you use.
    “We need to learn to speak in a language that resonates with folks,” Adams says. “When that happens, you will get better policy making.”
    Adams recounts his experience – both as the 20th U.S. Surgeon General and as the former state health commissioner for Indiana – in an interview with Health Disparities podcast host Claudia Zamora.
    He also discusses his new book, Crisis and Chaos: Lessons From the Front Lines of the War Against COVID-19, explains why diversity in medicine matters, and talks about the importance of dismantling stigma to increase access to mental health care and addiction treatment.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

John_Swin ,

So well produced!

We can’t get to Health Equity until we engage and solve the challenges that result in Health Disparities. Movement Is Life’s PodCast is a tremendous resource for those interested in understand why we are in this situation as an industrialized society and how we can partner to solve the evolving crisis. This podcast has engaging, passionate and thoughtful hosts and guests.

mrlizarde ,

Passionate Conversations done really well

I love the passionate conversation on how the healthcare system has changed over time and where there are pitfalls and loose points. These are incredibly important conversations that have the capacity to radically heal many people! Look forward to diving deeper into this porgram.

hjrjekhrbkd ,

Excellent Podcast

Awesome podcast! As a first year medical student, I enjoy listening to these important discussions to address health disparities among communities. I know the next generation is the change medicine need right now. We must continue to open our ears to learn, not listen to respond. It’s easier to dismiss someone’s lived experiences than to try to walk in their shoes. Thank you so much for this amazing podcast.

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