Improving Health Equity Means Fixing Structural Barriers: Experts – Medscape – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Equitable healthcare treatment in the United States faces numerous barriers, from longstanding racial biases to overcoming economic hardships. But no matter the barriers, there are success stories in providing quality care for all patients of color.

The Hastings Center recently gathered experts from around the nation for its Health Equity Summit, a 2-day virtual event organized in collaboration with the American Association of Medical Colleges, the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

One of the sessions tackled the issue of finding and fixing structural barriers to equitable healthcare, providing three unique experiences facing three medically underserved communities.

Striving for Health Equity, Battling With Basic Necessities

When looking at healthcare inequity in the United States, one need look no further than what faces the American Indian population.

American Indians are twice as likely as White persons to have diabetes, according to the CDC. Food insecurity also affects approximately 1 in 4 American Indians, per Move for Hunger, a nonprofit that delivers food


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