Top thought leaders tackle healthcare inequities in population health management

The continuation of telehealth care delivery beyond the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit publicly insured children if they have equitable access to telehealth services. This study result is part of a special issue on “Reduce health disparities in underserved populationsin the peer-reviewed journal Population Health Management. Click here to read the issue now.

In their article, Bisakha Sen, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and coauthors, examined disparities in telehealth use in a population of publicly insured children. They found evidence of disparities in the use of telehealth based on race/ethnicity, rurality and family income. “Those in the highest family income-based cost group had higher odds of using telehealth than the lowest family income-based cost group,” the authors said. “As telehealth will likely continue to play an important role in healthcare delivery, further effort/investment is needed to ensure that telehealth does not further exacerbate inequities in access to pediatric healthcare.”

Also in this issue is the article entitled “Mobile Medical Clinics in the United States Post-Affordable Care Act: An Integrative Reviewby Angela Coaston, PhD, RN, University of California San Francisco, School of Nursing, and coauthors. They found that mobile medical clinics “provide return on investment by avoiding emergencies, reducing hospital stay and improving chronic disease management”. They concluded that “With the importance of the social determinants of health and community-clinic linkages recognized, mobile medical clinics are well placed to inform policy, improve chronic disease health outcomes and advance health equity among vulnerable populations”.

In the article titled “The Tale of Four Babies: Health Equity at the Center of the Quadruple Aim“, J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Senior Vice President at Humana, Inc. observes that communities of color have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. She examines the fundamental roots of this inequity, “specifically the ingrained structural racism that shapes the policies that ultimately shape health outcomes.” She also provides a historical perspective on racism in American health care. She points out that the Quadruple Aim has become the gold standard in health care: “Put the patient experience first, reduce costs, look after the health of the population and look after the providers who deliver these care. »

“No citizen can receive high quality care until we all can! This special issue brings together top thought leaders from across the country to tackle one of our industry’s biggest challenges. At the heart of a just society is our ability to reduce inequities in health care,” says David Nash, MD, MBA, editor-in-chief of Population Health Management and founding dean emeritus and Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA.

About the journal

Population Health Management is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal, published bimonthly in print and online, that reflects the growing scope of healthcare management and quality. The Journal offers a holistic and integrated approach to the field of population health and provides information designed to improve systems and policies that affect health care quality, access, and outcomes. Comprised of original peer-reviewed research articles, clinical research and case studies, the content encompasses a wide range of chronic conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, depression and obesity) in addition to focusing on various aspects. prevention and well-being. Tables of contents and a sample issue can be viewed on the Population Health Management website. Population Health Management is the official journal of Population Health Alliance.

About the editor

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is known for creating authoritative, peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research. A complete listing of the firm’s more than 100 journals, books and newsmagazines is available at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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