Understanding Inequality in Health Care and Why Care Disparity Is Unconscionable: What Can Be Done About It?
December 9th, 2020
Glen Willock, MS, MHIA, MPhil
Assistant Professor - Health Administration & Public Health Programs
Roberts Wesleyan College
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To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System is a landmark report issued in November 1999 by the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM). IOM reported about deaths resulting from medical mistakes that occasioned patient mortality or life-changing severe injury. The report created an increased awareness and focus away from U.S. medical providers’ errors to emphasize a message of patient safety. Efforts to improve patient safety, patient-centered care, and provider accountability post the report release that continues today, Donaldson, M. S. (April 2008).
GDP spending on health. The U.S is enamored with health care, not health prevention; a paradigm shift is needed to redesign the fractured U.S health structure into one based on systems-thinking design and development. Social inequality is the foundation of healthcare inequity (Wilkinson & Pickett 2010) and manifested as social determinants of health. A brief discussion about life course theory and upstream healthcare issues and counter-arguments for the epigenetic view of disease transmission. If we may consider a population disproportionately impacted by social determinants of health in the U.S—the reported health measures of African Americans lag most other racial minority groups. Compared with whites, black men and women face higher risks of chronic illness, infection, and injuries.
The average lifespan for African Americans is six years less compared with whites. If we can begin to acknowledge that health outcomes are often dependent on factors outside of the control of individual patients, their physicians, or their health coverage, then we can begin to understand why reforming the healthcare system is proving to be an indomitable task, Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Age-Specific Mortality Among Blacks or African Americans — United States, 1999–2015 (May 5, 2017)
Creating strategies for interrupting disease transmission using community collaboration and public health action. A radical shift needed to bolster and redesign ACA measures, policy, and legislative imperatives for sustainable change. What can a citizen do about future healthcare policy and legislative agendas that promote health system service delivery and organizational transformation?
This presentation will cover
- Health prevention and maintenance vs. healthcare disease management and the need to direct health resources to tackle risk factors and epigenetic disease transmission.
- Life-course theory takes the social and material environment, including the following; income inequality, stress, nutrition, lifestyles, gene-environment interaction, public safety, and various other factors into account as flexible pathways for attaining positive health outcomes over time.
- Reimagining health industry investment and spending to mitigate disease burdens from a treatment ethos towards preventative public health promotion programs targeting chronic non-communicable diseases.
- Community action and challenging conversations about addressing a shift in the healthcare status quo.
Glen Willock is a leadership development coach, Health Information Technology (HIT) systems project manager, and a passionate advocate for Healthcare Policies that protect disadvantaged, underserved, and at-risk populations in the U.S. He has worked as a Project Manager, Technology Consultant, Unix Systems Administrator, Lucent (AT&T) Definity PBX Certified Administrator, Microsoft Datacenter Server 2012 Administrator-Computer/Telephony Systems Engineer (server/cloud) Systems, Polycom Videoconferencing Certified Administrator, Adjunct Professor of Health Administration, and is presently a full-time Assistant Professor in the School of Business Health Administration programs at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Glen's education and credentials include a Bachelor and Master of Science in Health Administration and Health Informatics Administration respectively from Roberts Wesleyan College, graduate advanced certificate in Applied Project Management from Walden University, and an A.S in Liberal Arts(Hons.) and Sciences and an Environmental Sustainability certificate from Monroe Community College. Glen is currently pursuing a Ph.D. program in Public Health Policy at Walden University. Academic memberships in Golden Key International Honor Society, Healthcare Information and Management Society (HIMSS), and Certified Canadian Sales Professional (CSP).
Glen lives in Rochester, NY and is passionately involved in delivering capable and scholarly healthcare leaders as new graduates in Roberts' Health Administration programs, along with healthcare professional development of existing public and private healthcare providers, for both campus-based and online programs.
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