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Achieving Health Equity through Policy, Systems and Environmental Changes

Originally presented on October 21, 2010

Robert Fullilove, EdD
Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health

Pamela Ferrari, RN
Director of Performance Improvement and Clinical Knowledge Support, Open Door Family Medical Centers Inc.

There is a growing understanding that social determinants, the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, have as much to do with our health as our health care system and personal choices. These circumstances are in turn shaped by a wider set of forces including economics, social policies, education, housing and racial discrimination.
This program will highlight a public health approach that includes policy, systems and environmental changes that can significantly impact the social determinants of health and subsequently lay the groundwork to achieve health equity.
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Program Objectives:
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the social determinants of health, the effect they have on chronic disease/diabetes and how they contribute to health disparities/inequities
  • Explain the differences between health disparity and health inequity
  • Understand how health equity affects every individual
  • Describe the impact of public policy on vulnerable rural and urban NYS communities
  • Understand the policy, systems and environmental changes that impact social determinants