Disparities in Care Legacy Health Strategies March 15, 2024

The Reality

It’s no secret that not everyone has had the same shot at health and well-being. There are disparities standing in the way of fair and equal health opportunities. MyHealth MyLegacy is built on the belief that everyone deserves to live their healthiest life, regardless of the color of their skin. We’ll address the day-to-day challenges of healthcare disparities for our communities of color.

Cultural Equity: What’s It All About?

Imagine a world where everyone, no matter their background, gets the same chance of health and wellness. That’s what we’re striving for. Cultural equity means making sure healthcare isn’t just available but is also respectful of and tailored to our communities’ diverse needs and experiences. It means acknowledging the roadblocks and biases, and it’s about making a commitment to eliminate them, together. It’s about valuing our cultures, our voices, and our lives. From involving community leaders to shaping policies that reflect our realities, we’re on a mission to help make everyone’s health journey feel supported and valued. 

Cultural equity in healthcare also refers to ensuring fair and equitable access to healthcare services, resources, and outcomes for individuals in the Black and Brown community. It involves recognizing and addressing the systemic barriers, biases, and inequities that exist within healthcare systems and working to better identify, understand and treat our community’s health related differences so our outcomes are more equitable.

We’re advocating that healthcare providers and institutions strive to understand and value the cultural beliefs, norms, and practices of the Black and Brown community. This includes addressing and acknowledging historical mistrust and engaging in cultural competency training and care. 

The Challenges

Every community’s path is different, and we recognize that, yet there are so many similarities that we all encounter as people of color. Disparities and inequities in healthcare are long-standing and prevalent. While the barriers are numerous, some of the more common factors that prevent equitable care are: 

  • Quality of care
  • Access to care
  • Social determinants of health (transportation, language barriers, finances)
  • Racial biases / stereotypes
  • Dismissal of symptoms
  • Misdiagnosis / delayed diagnosis

MyHealth MyLegacy: Doing Our Part

We’re bringing resources, support, and education to empower our communities. We’re here to ensure that the journey towards health equity is not walked alone. Keep an eye out, because we’re just getting started. Our goal is to share a wealth of relevant information designed to support you and your loved ones on this journey towards health empowerment. Let’s lean on each other as we strive for equal opportunities for good health and equitable treatment and care that’s right for each of us. 

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