LENS Care: Leading Equity Now in Systems of Care
This is the first webinar in a series on supporting health during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the second here.
Minority populations disproportionately experience poorer outcomes related to key national health indicators. These persistent disparities respond to inequities in care and access, social and economic factors, and the enduring effects of structural racism, prejudice, and discrimination. The COVID-19 pandemic has starkly illustrated these inequities, which makes pursuing equity more important now than ever.
In the first webinar of our COVID-19 series, we’re taking an in-depth look at how bias limits quality care for those who need it most during this national crisis and sharing resources and ideas focused on achieving health equity and combatting the health disparities rooted in the structures of our systems.
After watching the webinar, viewers will be able to:
- Recognize the dual role COVID-19 plays for Black and Brown children with special healthcare needs by illuminating pre-existing inequities while also further exacerbating the inequities
- Recognize and identify bias within your system and yourself
- Learn ideas, tools, and resources to effect change on the individual and system level
- Reneé Canady, PhD, MPA, CEO of the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI)
- James McElligott, M.D., MSCR, Medical Director for Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital
- Scott D. Berns, MD MPH, NICHQ’s CEO and Project Lead for the COVID-19 Enhancement Project
- Judith Gooding, NICHQ Senior Advisor and Project Director for the COVID-19 Enhancement Project
After Action Reviews Improve Systems, Strengthen Teams
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) has incorporated AARs as a quality improvement tool for the past four years. Read a conversation with NICHQ Project Director Sandra Widland, MPH, and Associate Project Director Eliza Williamson about the ways NICHQ utilizes AARs in various projects and its benefits to healthcare professionals and others interested in improving systems.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Beverly Reyes, Project Coordinator
NICHQ Project Coordinator Beverly Reyes shares her deep passion for equity in healthcare, stemming from her family background and cultural experiences as a child of immigrants.
Additional Support, Compassion Needed for Maternal Mental Health
In recognition of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re taking some time to reflect on maternal mental health and the experiences of a new parent who is also a maternal and child health researcher. Read our conversation with NICHQ Associate Director of Research and Evaluation Meera Menon, PhD, and learn more about her experiences navigating these roles and thoughts about how public health practitioners can hold maternal mental health more compassionately for all new parents, but especially those negatively impacted by social determinants of health.
Look for NICHQ at Upcoming Spring Maternal Child Health Conferences
Teams at the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality are preparing for an exciting spring 2023 conference season, where staff will give poster presentations and facilitate workshops at a variety of national maternal and child health conferences.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Ana Franklin, Development Manager
NICHQ Development Manager Ana Franklin shares her personal and professional commitment to health equity as the adopted daughter of a retired general health practitioner. As Development Manager, Ana is responsible for supporting the grant processes, such as managing the proposal development process and monitoring proposal timelines. As well as supporting process improvement, like developing templates and checklists that keep the whole process and proposal team organized and on track.
Getting Started with Land Acknowledgements
Land acknowledgements, like sharing our gender pronouns, are another part of bringing our fuller selves to our work and fostering an inclusive meeting culture. Land acknowledgements can demonstrate a respect for the original stewards of the land where we reside and gather. They can be an important tool for Natives and non-Natives to facilitate both honoring the past and acknowledging its impact on the present and future. Factors like where you live and if other equity practices (i.e. land acknowledgements and pronoun sharing) are incorporated into the other parts of your life can affect how fluidly you bring them into your professional role. By practicing inclusive meeting culture, humbly and with good intention, we have an opportunity to positively impact our participants and the communities we serve.