Earlier this year, the idea of advancing healthcare equity was proposed as a fifth aim. This introduced what is now called the Quintuple Aim.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced discussions about social determinants of health (SDOH) back into the forefront of healthcare discussions. Knowing that 80% of a person’s health outcomes are impacted by these external factors – economic, social, community, education, and more – we, as industry leaders, must shift these discussions about SDOH implementation from a lofty goal into a reality. How do we get there?
More than 34 million people in the United States were living in food insecure households in 2021, a decline from 38 million in 2020. The combination of the expanded child tax credit, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, and private donations all contributed to reducing food insecurity during the pandemic. Still there is much more work to be done, with food costs spiking 11.4%, the largest annual increase since 1979, inflation factors could easily cause food insecurity to grow.
How Should Physicians and Pharmacists Collaborate to Motivate Health Equity in Under-served Communities?