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A NEW quarterly newsletter dedicated to addressing disparities in our health systems.

Health Equity: What You Can Do

Health in the U.S. is not equitable. Not everyone has access to healthcare, especially healthcare that is culturally relevant and free from bias. Not everyone lives in safe neighborhoods, can afford safe housing and healthy food, and benefits from quality education—all social determinants that have a significant effect on health outcomes. Because not everyone has equal opportunity to access the resources needed for health and well-being, disparities are pervasive from the earliest years of life.   

But where does an individual start? How does one person make a dent in a systemic and structural problem? Here, NICHQ Chief Health Officer, Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA, offers three concrete steps individuals and organizations can take. 

➦Read the article

Featured Resources

NICHQ Webinar
Pursuing Health Equity: Start Where You Are

Have you ever felt overwhelmed about where to begin with tackling health equity? Join NICHQ for a webinar about the individual efforts we can take to address implicit bias and pursue health equity together.

Register to reserve your seat.



Research Brief: 
Child Care Affordability for Working Parents 

This research brief from the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy provides insight and analysis about the challenges families face in affording childcare, which can exacerbate inequities in early childhood health and development.

Read the brief.

Recent Articles on Addressing Health Disparities

Countering Systems of Oppression: Reflections on Racial Responsibility in Systems Improvement Work
Countering systemic racism in our health systems is not easy. It takes intention, self-reflection, honesty and uncomfortable conversations. Here, two health professional describe their experiences and share six questions that can help spark the conversations needed for change. 

Recognizing Implicit Bias Can Reduce Inequities in Children's Health
We can't avoid our own implicit bias, but we can change how we react to it. Here, Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH—an internationally recognized expert in healthcare disparities—shares recommendations to help health professionals and improvement teams better identify bias and prevent it from affecting their behaviors and decisions.

Historic Trauma is Affecting Tomorrow's Children: Indigenous People, Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep
When Indigenous people were dispossessed from their land, they not only lost their homes but were separated from their way of life. And in many cases, children were forcefully taken from their families. How do we synthesize the promotion of breastfeeding and safe sleep practices within the context of this historical trauma? In this article, two Indigenous healthcare professionals offer three ideas.