Posts for Health Equity

The Takeaway: One More Time with Feeling

One More Time with Feeling It’s pre-rating filing season again. That means it’s time for the annual ritual of insurers trying to soften up the public and regulators for rate increases. This year, HHS is pushing back on the insurers’...

At the Intersection of Income Inequality and Geography: A Case for a Broad Approach to Health

For several decades, data has shown a trend toward the concentration of poverty and increasing income inequality in major cities across America. Take New York City for example, a metropolitan area often cited to demonstrate some of the highest gaps...

A Treasure Trove of Data: The Starting Point for Addressing Health Disparities

The second in our National Minority Health Month blog series. In late March, the CMS Office of Minority Health released the Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) tool, an interactive map that displays differences in chronic disease prevalence and outcomes among Medicare...

Community Catalyst Looks Inward and Outward in Observance of Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, organized under the auspices of the Office of Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the first in a four-week series of blogs related to issues of health equity.

My Day in Columbia, Missouri

It was a beautiful spring day to be in a conference room, but inside, people’s energy did not wane. I felt like I was in a room of scientists – listening to presentations, brainstorming ideas, evaluating new approaches – all...

Why Strengthening America’s Social Structures Is Essential for Health

This post in our Health System Transformation series is an update of the Jan. 26, 2016 blog post titled, “How America’s Social Structures Affect Our Health.”  This updated post adds some key policy prescriptions that are central to the vision...

U.S. Task Force Recognizes Critical Need to Address Maternal Depression

In late January, the United States Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement for adult depression screening.

Consumer Protections: More than Appeals and Grievances

This is the next post in an inaugural blog series outlining the policy priorities of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, taking a dive into the areas that must be addressed to achieve better care, better value and better health.

Can I Get an Amen? Successful Collaborations between Hospitals and Faith/Community-Based Organizations

There is increasing acknowledgement nationwide that the social and economic conditions in which people live play an enormous role in health. Clinicians and hospitals cannot make their patients healthier by solely focusing on what happens inside the clinic walls. Rather,...