An Effective Response to Healthcare Disparities Begins With a Strategic Plan
Brooks-Williams D. An Effective Response to Healthcare Disparities Begins With a Strategic Plan. Front Health Serv Manage 2022; 39(2):27-31.
Frontiers of health services management
For too long, healthcare disparities have negatively affected underrepresented groups in urban areas throughout the United States. Disparities in care and outcomes related to social determinants were known, and efforts were made to address them. Effective change for all moved up to top priority in the wake of COVID-19's arrival, police brutality, social unrest, and the murders of Black Americans, including George Floyd. Henry Ford Health (HFH), working with leading local community organizations, immediately pledged to address social and racial injustices. Unfortunately, many neighborhoods still suffer disproportionately from maternal and infant mortality, food insecurity, and other social vulnerabilities. HFH's commitment to equity includes creatively meeting the needs of the underserved. HFH has developed innovative ways to address the social, economic, and educational challenges to the health of Metro Detroit. Through thoughtful consideration and passionate leadership, HFH is strategically creating authentic and scalable social change to address racism and discrimination in healthcare.
Medical Subject Headings
Infant; Humans; United States; Healthcare Disparities; COVID-19; Infant Mortality