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Ep 53: An Equal Opportunity for Health

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Ep 53: An Equal Opportunity for Health

Race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status should not define how healthy we are, or how long we live. Unfortunately for many, these factors do. Health equity is about changing our systems…
December 8, 2021

Ep 53: An Equal Opportunity for Health

Meet the guests:

This episode features three leaders that have previously been interviewed on Her Story. Parveen Parmar, M.D., MPH is an Associate Professor of Clinical and Emergency Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Global Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA is the President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences. Lauren Powell, MPA, Ph.D. is the President & CEO of The Equitist, and Vice President of Health, Equity, and Community Wellness at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Key Insights:

  • Rationing with Equity. Dr. Parmar points out that every system rations care. When deciding how systems should ration, all stakeholders must be present to ensure equitable access. (1:46)
  • Leaders of Value. Dr. Lee discusses how leaders should think about value-based models of care. She adds that inequity is a huge challenge to American health systems. It’s not that the best care isn’t good enough, it’s that the average isn’t good enough. (3:41)
  • Double-edged Sword. Dr. Powell shares her personal connection to health equity: unnecessary loss caused by racism. Inequity robs communities of their wisdom, knowledge, and love. (5:32)

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