Health Equity Solutions in Kentucky

Posted on 11/18/20 by Scott Wegenast

Health Equity in Kentucky: Solutions for Kentuckians

Hear from Kentucky leaders in this recorded live event here focusing on health disparities, specifically the drivers of health inequity -- an accumulation of socioeconomic disadvantage—in jobs, housing, and education, which weakens community resilience and places many on a course of human suffering (including pandemics and violence).

Our panelists answered live questions and discussed topics on mobilizing for change to eliminate health disparities faced by fellow Kentuckians.  
Guest Panelists: Senator Gerald Neal Esq., Kentucky Senate and Dr. Wayne Tucson, M.D.
Panel Moderator: Ron Bridges, AARP Kentucky State Director
Listen-Up: Health Disparities Town-Hall (recorded)

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Disrupt Disparities

The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has exposed the vast shortcomings within our health system and the critical importance of affordable health coverage and care for all people and all families. Gaps in health and healthcare exist in Kentucky and across the United States that lead to inequitable outcomes referred to as “health disparity impacts.” The inequitable outcomes refer to the rate of incidence, prevalence, mortality, burden of disease, or any other adverse health condition; and is closely linked with social, economic, or environmental disadvantage for any specific population group, including a group based on education, income, location, health status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or age.

Download a summary of Senator Gerald Neal's pre-filed legislation (Senate Bill Request 97) that was heard in the Kentucky General Assembly Health and Welfare Committee during the 2020 Interim Session. (Download Summary PDF)

“As we witness the protests over racial injustice and face the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we believe our nation desperately needs healing. The incidents of racial violence and COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on people of color are not random, but instead are the result of inequality due to a lack of social, economic, and political opportunities. Discrimination of any kind corrodes our communities and our society from the inside out. 

“AARP today continues to be guided by the promise that our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, made over 60 years ago: ‘What we do, we do for all.’ Through our advocacy, programs, and services, we fight against discrimination, advocate for access to health care, and work to improve the lives of all people, especially those most vulnerable. As we consider this moment in time, it’s clear this work is more important than ever. During these difficult days, AARP will use its voice, resources, and trust in our brand to continue our fight for what is right so all people can live a life of dignity regardless of race, age, or income.”
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AARPJo Ann Jenkins leads the world's largest non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization.

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