Centering Racial Equity In Social Needs Interventions
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Healthcare leaders and practitioners around the country are increasingly understanding the urgency of two foundational goals—addressing health-related social needs and improving racial equity—and seeking ways to act on them. Yet there’s an important truth that must be applied for these efforts to succeed. It is that meeting social needs and improving racial equity are not separate pursuits. Without a focus on equity within health-related social needs interventions, underlying inequities can persist. To be effective, the two must go hand in hand.
Pioneering institutions across the country are already answering the call to intentionally center racial equity in social needs interventions. In this webinar, we will hear directly from some of them as they share lessons learned from the field. These panelists, all participants in HealthBegins’ training and education programs, work in settings from health systems to CBOs. And their experience demonstrates that there can be many entry points into the work of addressing equity while moving upstream—all supported by a sound strategy for change.
By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:
• Describe why an explicit focus on racial equity is essential when designing and implementing solutions to address social needs
• List examples of ways in which mission-aligned organizations are centering racial equity in their social needs interventions
• Identify at least one action your organization can take to prioritize racial equity in your upstream work
Sara Bader, Senior Manager, Upstream Quality Improvement, HealthBegins (Host)
Natalie Harper, Community Health Advocacy Initiative Manager, MetroHealth
Dan Behrens, MHA, Manager, Population Health Care Delivery, Allina Health
Susan Frantz, Food Security Director, LiveWell Greenville
Ma’ta Crawford, Community Advocate, LiveWell Greenville
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