2020 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting Opening Keynote
Health disparities are widespread, and their effects on mortality, quality of life, and costs impact all of us. Data show a lack of progress on health equity in the United States over the past 25 years, whether we examine disparities by race or by income. The COVID-19 pandemic has cast light on existing health disparities and magnified them. The disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 and police brutality on communities of color are forcing us to reckon with the racism that paved the paths for both.
Because of this, we must raise our collective consciousness if we want to emerge as a healthier nation and live up to our ideals of "liberty and justice for all," according to Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity.
In this presentation, Dr. Cooper will explore and discuss the different forms of racism, describe how institutional level and individual level racism contribute to healthcare disparities, and outline two broad approaches to reducing racism in health care to advance health equity.
Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH
Founder and Director
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
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