Inclusion Academy: Racial Health Disparities in the Midst of a Pandemic
October 15, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
The Inclusion Academy, established by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is an educational program focused on providing students, faculty/staff and health care providers at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine with cultural knowledge and understanding of various diverse/marginalized communities with the intention to foster diversity and inclusion in all facets of the organization.
The Institute of Medicine defines disparities in health care as racial or ethnic differences in the quality of health care that are not due to access-related factors or clinical needs, preferences and appropriateness of intervention. The level of un-insurance for the Hispanic population is 34 percent compared with those in the white population, which is 13 percent. Native American and Native Alaskan populations receive less prenatal care in the first trimester. The sources of racial and ethnic health care include geographical differences, lack of access to adequate health coverage and communication differences between patients and providers.
In this session, panelists will discuss how pandemics such as COVID-19 have unmasked the already existing disparities in health care and steps on how to address these health disparities for these populations.
The session has both in-person and virtual options; participants should select their preferred attendance method when registering. Zoom webinar links will be provided in advance of the event date to those who register for the online option.