Health Equity

Health Equity and Prosperity

The “Health Equity And Prosperity—An American Freedom and Justice Movement” project, which will launch at a meeting at the historic Lincoln Cottage in Washington, D.C. on May 11, 2016, is one of the Robert Wood Johnson Open Box Projects. The Cottage is the site where President Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Act. For the May meeting, it will host leaders who can articulate a vision to compel action across sectors with strategy to address disparities. This will be followed by a larger convening at the University of Maryland, College Park, on August 4-5, 2016, where hundreds of leaders from different sectors and communities will develop strategies for systems change and devise action plans for activating health equity networks in specific action areas, including health care, education, employment, housing, and community development.

The project is led by IAF’s President and Senior Futurist Jonathan Peck. Based on what is learned through these convenings, IAF will develop and disseminate summary evaluation of methods for cross-sector engagement in order to share best practices and inspire others to take action to promote health equity.

Culture of Health Equity Network

The Culture of Health Equity Network initiative, led by Barbara Krimgold, provides information about research, policies, practices and advocacy to create and advance a culture of health equity. This Culture incorporates knowledge about the social determinants of health and health inequalities and promotes policies and interventions that reduce health inequalities and maximize health achievement for all populations. It focuses on the contribution of its network of junior and mid-level minority health researchers as well as leaders in the fields of public health and health equity, and other fields influencing the determinants of health and health inequities and inequalities. In 2015 it released its Conference report and Call-to-Action on the Social Determinants of Migrant Health.

The DRA Project

The Disparity Reducing Advances Project (the DRA Project) was a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project developed by the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) to identify the most promising advances for bringing health gains to the poor and underserved and accelerating the development and deployment of these advances to reduce disparities. The DRA Project worked to overcome health disparities by targeting the advances with the highest potential for reducing health disparities and then creating a network of organizations committed to accelerating the development and deployment of those advances. The network included health care systems and local providers, major Federal government agencies, technology developers, and consumer and patient organizations. The DRA Project produced a series of reports on technology advances supporting health equity – the Biomonitoring Futures Project. And in 2009 reviewed conference, recommendations, and activities reflecting the growth of the health equity movement – these publications are listed below.

DRA Foresight Seminars

10/20/09 The Social Determinants of Health, and Health in All Policies

The DRA Project in conjunction with the Congressional Black Congress Health Brain Trust held its fourth DRA Foresight Briefing on October 20th, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

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Foresight Seminars on Health Innovation, and Foresight Chronicles

Beginning in 1978, IAF has organized more than 117 Foresight Seminars to provide Congress, executive agencies and the private sector a forum for looking to the future of health and innovation. A list of selected seminars is available here. IAF’s Foresight Chronicles paper chronicles the forecasts and insights developed through these Foresight Seminars from 1978 through 1998.

2/25/09 Health Equity: Focusing on Health in All Policies

The DRA Project in conjunction with the Congressional Black Congress Health Brain Trust held its third DRA Foresight Briefing on February 25th, 2009 in Washington, D.C.  View Summary

Foresight Seminars on Health Innovation, and Foresight Chronicles

The DRA Project Health Equity Foresight Seminars grew out of IAFs historic foresight seminars for congressional staff and policy makers.  Beginning in 1978, IAF has organized more than 117 Foresight Seminars to provide Congress, executive agencies and the private sector a forum for looking to the future of health and innovation. A list of selected seminars is available here. IAF’s Foresight Chronicles paper chronicles the forecasts and insights developed through these Foresight Seminars from 1978 through 1998.

DRA REPORTS

Opportunities for Biomonitoring to Reduce Health Disparities – Report for the AMA Commission to End Health Care Disparities

The AMA Commission to End Health Care Disparities asked the DRA Project to develop a paper that identifies future opportunities in the emerging area of biomonitoring to reduce disparities. The paper, based on the findings and recommendations of the DRA Project’s biomonitoring component, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, reviews developments in testing platforms, applications in diabetes and cancer, key opportunities, caveats (e.g. understanding the limited role of biomonitoring), criteria for biomonitoring applications, and provides recommendations. Click here to read it.

Report of the National Expert Panel on Social Determinants of Health Equity

IAF advised in the development of UNNATURAL CAUSES…is inequality making us sick?.  This report encapsulates the critical thinking, key arguments and recommendations of nationally recognized experts in the area of social determinants of health equity. Click here to view the report.

Biomonitoring Futures Project

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, IAF developed the Biomonitoring Futures Project (BFP), which identifies trends in emerging biomonitoring technologies, explores them in the context of healthy living and prevention,and examines how they can reduce health care disparities particularly for cancer and diabetes. BFP also provides forecasts for future development and use of these technologies. Other output included the Biomonitoring Platform Assessment Report, the Health Information Systems Report, and the Final Report and Recommendations.

2009 State of the Health Equity Movement

In 2009, the DRA Project reached out to organizations around the nation to report on their activities that aimed to reduce health disparities, and developed its first set of reports on the State of the Health Equity Movement:

09-01 Health Equity Policies: A Review of the Recommendations

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09-02 Health Equity Recommendations Selected Overview

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09-03 State of the Health Equity Movement Memo

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