Accelerating our Journey to Health Equity: Leveraging Primary Care, Innovation, and Leadership
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The co-occurring crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and racism – both structural and interpersonal – have galvanized our nation’s interest in addressing longstanding health inequities. Nationwide protests for racial justice and an end to police violence, the loss of nearly a million US lives due to COVID-19 (more than 6 million deaths globally), growing outrage and advocacy to support those with chronic illness and disability, and the unpredictable effects of ongoing and collective fatigue, grief and trauma have placed our nation at a critical juncture in its reckoning with social injustices and health inequities. This confluence of recent events has positioned health equity and social justice as a key priority across sectors, disciplines, and communities. These events have affected the provision of primary care, health policy and the public’s trust in the nation’s public health and health care systems. From patient well-being to collective health, our approaches to how we do the work to achieve health equity has urgently shifted to accommodate increasing population need during COVID-19. More than 30 years after the federal government formally recognized health inequities in the landmark Heckler Report, unified momentum for meaningful change is at an unprecedented level.
Join leaders from the National Center for Primary Care for this 2-day virtual summit, which will emphasize the national imperative to achieve health equity, discuss strategies for leveraging the current “window of opportunity,” and amplify the roles of primary care, innovation, and leadership in this effort. The summit will conclude with a call to action for individuals and organizations to implement the strategies needed to ultimately achieve health equity.
- Assess the role of primary care, innovation, and leadership in the historical and ongoing efforts to advance health equity
- Discuss concrete strategies and specific examples of initiatives that advance health equity across sectors, disciplines, and communities
- Recognize leaders and organizations who have demonstrated leadership and pushed their organizations to achieve health equity
- Lay the foundation for a collective roadmap to health equity through leadership, innovation and primary care