Health Affairs Blog is launching a new featured topic on “Health Equity.”
Health disparities and health care disparities—including differential access to treatment and inequity in the quality of care—have been covered extensively in our journal and on the Blog, including most recently in our August 2016 issue and companion disparities eBook. In June 2017, Health Affairs will publish the first of two theme issues that builds on this literature, with an eye toward not just documenting disparities but also finding solutions for achieving equity. Many solutions will be cross-sectoral in nature, as we increasingly recognize that good health often begins in the social arena — influenced by access to adequate and safe housing, educational opportunities, child care, and other social determinants.
In the lead-up to the June 2017 issue, and continuing afterwards, we will publish blogs focused on achieving health equity as part of this new featured topic. We’ll feature leading voices in the field, and encourage you to join the conversation by commenting on Health Affairs Blog posts. We also invite you to submit your own posts on topics such as achieving health equity, factors that contribute to disparities in health and health care, and interventions both inside and outside the health services sector that improve health and reduce disparities, including cross-sector collaborations. Read the first post in the series.
We are grateful for the support of The Kresge Foundation, The California Endowment, the Aetna Foundation, Episcopal Health Foundation, and The Colorado Health Foundation for this series on the Blog and for support of the larger health equity project.
All blog posts submitted for this topic are subject to Health Affairs’ standard vetting and selection process. You can find our complete archive of historical posts on topics surrounding equity and disparities here.