The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened health disparities; as we move forward, what collective actions can we take to tip the scales and advance health equity in our most affected communities?
In response to this question, the Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA) is facilitating a series of conversations: Racism Is a Public Health Crisis; Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health; and Addressing Structural and Systemic Change to Advance Health Equity. This trio of discussions, titled the Health Equity Series, invites local, state, and national public health and behavioral health experts to explore how racism, adverse childhood experiences, and the social determinants of health affect health outcomes.
In the second session — Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health — ChangeLab Solutions CEO Sarah de Guia and senior planner Tina Yuen join Dr. John M. Ruiz, associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, and Mario Ortega, CEO of Abrazar, Inc. Together, the panelists explore the key factors that influence health. They explain the five drivers of health inequity, discuss the importance of defining issue areas and concepts to facilitate partnership, and offer detailed examples from the field, including proactive rental inspection and exclusionary school discipline practices.