Recognizing Health Disparities and Strategies to Address Them

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Reaching Beyond Hospital Walls to Reduce Health Disparities
Miller, Jill
Bethesda, Inc.


Jill Miller, president & CEO of Bethesda Inc. in Cincinnati, believes every person deserves a fair and just opportunity to achieve their best possible health. Barriers may stand in our way, but none that we can’t move together.

To achieve health equity, we must reduce health disparities. Health disparities are differences in health status among segments of the population such as by race or ethnicity, education, income, or disability status. A person’s ZIP code is a better predictor of life expectancy than genetic code. Obstacles to better health include poverty, discrimination and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education, housing, safe environments, and healthcare.

When we address health disparities, quality of care improves for everyone.

How can you be part of the solution? How can healthcare systems tackle persistent health disparities? Jill will share strategies to drive health equity, build infrastructure to support it and partner with the community to reduce determinants of health.