Episode 40: Barriers to Health Care, Pathways to Health Equity

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Episode Summary:

In this episode, a panel of three physician experts in health care equity discuss barriers to health care, due to racism, bias, and structural inequities. Partnerships of medicine (medical training and care delivery) with public health (population health) are a promising approach to reduce barriers. Listen to the challenges, strategies, and pathways these experts are undertaking and recommending to transform health care to a more equitable system.


Bessie Young, M.D., MPH. Professor, Division of Nephrology; Medical Director and Associate Dean for Healthcare Equity. University of Washington, VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

Leo S. Morales, M.D., Ph.D.. Professor of Medicine; Assistant Dean with the Office for Healthcare Equity; Co-Director of the Latino Center for Health. University of Washington.

Eugene Rhee, M.D., MBA. National Chair of Urology for Kaiser Permanente; Chair, American Urologic Association Public Policy Council; Assistant Medical Director/Business Line & Finance, Kaiser Permanente

During This Episode We Discuss:

  • Racism, bias, and structural inequities in health care measurably reduce both individual and population health.
  • Health care providers and delivery are working to reduce health inequities
  • Telemedicine as a potential solution for health access issues

Quotes (Tweetables):

“The History of Redlining, where certain individuals from either African American or other BIPOC communities were not allowed to buy houses in certain areas ….so you have concentrations of people in certain areas of the city, which when we look at those areas now are really concentrations of people who have poor access to care and show where there is increased morbidity and mortality from lots of different diseases…” 

Bessie Young, M.D., MPH

“Cultural and linguistic concordance between patients and providers results in better care for patients of color. That happens because with concordance comes more trust and as a result people are more likely to follow the recommendations of their Doctor”

Leo Morales, M.D., Ph.D.

“ ..The Telemedicine aspect is so fascinating, and it’s so important now in regards to the public health emergency…..there’s an opportunity here in regards to digital technology to provide access to care for those that don’t have it”

Eugene Rhee, M.D., MBA

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