Healthcare companies are ramping up health equity efforts. However, many are still missing the mark, one executive recently said.
“When we talk about health inequity, when we talk about social determinants of health, that’s been reduced to this checklist of unmet social needs,” said Dr. Shreya Kangovi, executive director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers. “Where on that checklist does racism fit in? Where on that checklist does lack of power fit in? That has to be part of the equation. People’s individual circumstances are so much more nuanced than, ‘Here’s a referral to the food pantry’ or ‘Here’s a referral for a ride.’”