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Learning from the Landscape: Strategies in Early Childhood Health Equity

During the last decade, there has been an increasing understanding of how the social determinants of health (e.g., systemic and environmental challenges such as poverty, poor housing, and poor health care) affect the health and well-being of young children and their families. The multi-faceted nature of these challenges has led many communities and states to build – or expand – initiatives composed of representatives from multiple sectors, disciplines, and systems to join to address disparities in early experiences and outcomes for young children.

As interest in health disparities (and community-wide solutions to address them) grows, there is a need to better understand what challenges these initiatives face and what strategies communities have used to address those challenges.

The Early Childhood Health Equity (ECHE) Landscape Project set out to understand and highlight promising strategies to address key issues such as sustainability, data use, state and local relationships, cross-sector partnerships, and operationalizing health equity within the context of early childhood health equity initiatives.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify other early childhood health equity initiatives for potential networking
  • Describe key strategies that early childhood health equity initiatives have found to be impactful

Speakers will include:

  • Researchers from the teams at NICHQ and Child Trends who conducted the project
  • Representatives from early childhood health equity initiatives who will share their perspectives on success, challenges, and needs for the future
Date
Length

1 Hour

Moving the Needle on Health Equity: Two Experts Share Successful Programs and Lessons Learned

This second webinar in our Health Equity Series shares experiences from two health equity champions: Arthur R. James, MD, an obstetrician, gynecologist and pediatrician who has sought to improve care for underserved populations for the entirety of his medical career; and Denise Evans, MM, MA, a certified facilitator on cultural intelligence and unconscious bias.

Together, they provide insights on:

  • Successful programs that have addressed health equity
  • Lessons learned about what led to those programs’ successes
  • Strategies that programs and organizations can use to champion health equity in their work
Date
Length

1 hour

Moderator

Stacy Scott, PhD, MPH

Speakers

Arthur R. James, MD

Denise Evans MM, MA

Health Equity: Start Where You Are

The first in a series of webinars to support individuals who are pursuing equity within the health system. If you have ever felt overwhelmed on where to begin with tackling such a complex subject, we invite you to watch our first webinar and join us in what will be an ongoing conversation.

Specifically, this webinar provides

  • An overview of health equity and implicit bias, and their impact on children's health
  • A modeling exercise to explore how to recognize and address individual implicit bias
  • Resources and guidance to help attendees continue this journey after the webinar
Date
Length

1 hour

Moderator

Pat Henrich, RN, MSN, CLE

Speakers

Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, NICHQ Project Director

Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA, NICHQ Chief Health Officer

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.

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.

Webinar Objectives:

  • 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
Date
Length

1 Hour

Speakers

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