Many tools help us get and stay healthy, if we have access to them. Health equity is making sure everyone has the tools they need to live a healthy life.
We believe our health care system should work for all Coloradans. And it doesn’t. In fact, it doesn’t work, at least in some part, for 79% of Coloradans.
In college, I had a job as a health screener and we were hired by a prison. For most of us, it was our first window into the criminal justice system.
The business case for health equity largely exists at the highest US health care system level. Where are the incentives (besides, you know, doing the right thing) for hospitals, clinics, providers, and others that hold power in our health care system to change their business practices to reduce health disparities?
My education, on top of decades of growing up as a white person in a country built by and for white people, led me to have seriously misguided and harmful views about the structural oppression that exists in the US, and I have a lot of work to do to re-educate myself and atone for my complicity in perpetuating it.