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SHEC Publishes Health Equity Report Card to Inform State-Level Health Policy

posted Mar 19, 2014, 8:14 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:50 PM ]
The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) is pleased to announce the release of the first Health Equity Report Card for the Southeastern region! Some of the key findings include:
  • In the Southeast, the percentage of racial and ethnic minorities with health insurance is lower than the national average.
  • All Southeastern states scored an “F” in food security and had poor consumption of fruits, physical activity, obesity rates and diabetes rates.
  • No state in the region currently requires culturally competency education for healthcare professionals. Culturally competent health care is one important way to ensure people receive the appropriate level of care within the health system.
The findings make a compelling case for Medicaid expansion, food-financing programs at the state and regional levels, and the establishment of mandatory cultural competency education for health care professionals. The SHEC will use this information to spark discussion among public- and private-sector decision makers about the systemic changes needed to achieve health equity

In commemoration of Minority Health Month, the SHEC conducted a webinar highlighting the release of their report card, titled ‘Making the Grade: The Southeastern Health Equity Report Card’ on April 23, 2014. Speakers discussed the report card’s findings and implications for programs and policies within the Southeastern States.

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Tech Support,
Apr 21, 2014, 1:07 PM