Health Equity

An equitable health care system is one in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health. While academic research on matters of health equity spans decades, the challenge of addressing inequity in the health care system has been increasingly front and center for policymakers in recent years.

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Past Events

February 1, 2024

Event Description This roundtable featured former journalists and health care professionals to explore the current value-based care landscape, highlight anticipated policy discussions for the coming year, and identified key considerations for reporters and media experts. Learning Goals This event was made possible with support from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM).

January 24, 2024

This event featured an analysis of potential health policy priorities at both state and federal levels for this upcoming election year, and provided a review of major legislative milestones from 2023 and their potential implications for 2024.

September 26, 2023

Event Description Clinical trials provide critical evidence for evaluating whether new drugs and treatments are safe and effective. Including a diverse and representative patient population in clinical trials is fundamental to ensuring that all communities benefit from innovation in medicine.  New federal requirements which Congress enacted as part of the Food and Drug Omnibus Reform […]

September 13, 2023

As the health care system grapples with unprecedented challenges post-pandemic – from workforce to supply chain shortages, from technological advances to continued health inequities and affordability challenges – will the future of the health care system meet the needs of real people and communities? When “people” become “patients,” what happens? And what do health policy leaders need to know to put people first?

April 14, 2023

This panel provided a high-level overview of health care coverage programs in the United States, such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and employer-based insurance, as well as recent changes to coverage such as bolstering subsidies. This Session:

October 6, 2022

Health data, such as race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and, gender identity are crucial to addressing public health needs and in understanding the various backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses of beneficiaries covered by federal and state health care programs. Across Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurances, and federal delivery systems such as the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Indian […]

January 28, 2022

This event was Part III of the Alliance’s Health Policy Roundup and 2022 Forecast series.  Download a summary of this event » While significant attention has been paid to shifts in national health policy, it is equally important to understand the promise, tradeoffs, and impacts on various stakeholders that state policies have demonstrated. Within the […]

November 30, 2021

The 2020 Census identified 9.7 million people as American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN), alone and in combination with another race. As upheld by the Supreme Court. the United States government has a “trust responsibility to provide services to American Indians and Alaska Native persons”. This doctrine upholds that, among other provisions, the federal government […]

November 17, 2021

As of January 2020, over 580,000 individuals were experiencing homelessness in America, in every state and territory. 2020 was the fourth consecutive year that rates of homelessness increased, with a 2 percent increase between 2019 and 2020 alone, and saw a growing population of people living outdoors. In August of 2021, the Supreme Court issued […]

November 9, 2021

Clinicians, hospitals, and health systems are searching for new ways to improve the oncology patient experience and promote health equity. The ongoing pandemic has complicated this push for improvement, as providers and health systems have had to change care delivery practices dramatically to protect patients from COVID-19. Furthermore, health equity has received significant attention over […]

October 29, 2021

This briefing examined the difference between perinatal health and perinatal mental health and their intrinsic relationship. Panelists dove into factors contributing to perinatal health and mental health as well as policy levers and promising solutions available to stakeholders to reduce and prevent mental health symptoms and mood disorders. Attendees learned about the existing policy levers […]

October 15, 2021

Health data is critical for health care decision making and policy development. It can be used to determine a course of treatment, coverage eligibility, and even insurance premiums, but can be vulnerable to flaws like missing information or bias. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a notable example of the challenges and opportunities in leveraging health data. […]

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