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This post is written by Emily Oppenheimer, Program Coordinator for the Partnership for a Healthier Bronx.
On Friday, April 8th, Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented on Health Equity. His presentation, “Reducing Disparities in Health Outcomes: The NIMHD Agenda on Equity,” was the April Grand Rounds feature of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Perez- Stable was invited by Neil Calman, MD, President and CEO of The Institute for Family Health and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine.
Dr. Pérez-Stable shared his optimistic, yet pragmatic views on shifting internal medicine approaches to reduce health disparities. His presentation examined the cultural, environmental, and biological factors and emphasized five ways to reduce health disparity in healthcare settings: (1) expand access, (2) public health consensus, (3) coordinated care, (4) patient-centered care and (5) performance measurement. Primary care works, and access to care makes a difference. He argued that comprehensive systems changes can target health issues and shift disparity.
An important point made by Dr. Pérez-Stable with particular resonance to Bronx Health REACH, given that 90% of the Bronx population is Black and Hispanic, was his statement that even though 40% of the U.S. population qualifies as racial/ethnic minorities, health equity is simply social justice and common sense.
Looking ahead, Dr. Pérez-Stable explained that NIMHD will be looking to collaborate more with the Agency for Healthcare and Quality (AHRQ), diversifying the biomedical workforce, enhancing cultural competence in care, examining structural racism, and focusing research on mental health and epigenetics. Bronx Health REACH is excited to learn that the National Institutes of Health has invigorated efforts and refined its focus on reducing health disparities.
To learn more, visit the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities(NIMD) website.