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The business case for achieving health equity

Actionable steps for systemic change.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the severe degree of ongoing health disparities among minority populations in the US. These disparities in illness and death have amplified the need to address health equity on a systemic level. The business case for advancing health equity beyond our pandemic response has never been stronger. Health plans, delivery systems and large employers play a critical role in advancing health equity for their stakeholders and for their business interests.

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The strength of the economy is largely reliant on a healthy workforce dependent on a thriving and equitable health care ecosystem that allows for early treatment and diagnosis of medical conditions before they develop into high-cost care paradigms. As part of this hour-long webcast, panelists highlight the impact of inequity to businesses and outline actions that can identify and alleviate adverse social determinants of health, eliminate systemic bias, improve outcomes and achieve healthy equity for all.

In this webcast, we’ll explore:

  • How a focus on achieving health equity strengthens the US economy
  • The barriers and enablers of equity goals (i.e., access to care, implicit bias, social determinants of health and organizational culture)
  • How organizations can identify and eliminate existing barriers preventing delivery of health equity
  • Leadership considerations for championing health equity within your organization and in society


  • Yele Aluko, MD, MBA, FSCAI, Chief Medical Officer, Ernst & Young LLP


  • Carladenise Edwards, PhD, MSEd, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Henry Ford Health System
  • Adaeze Enekwechi, PhD, MPP, President, IMPAQ LLC, and Associate Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health
  • Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH, President Consumer Health Solutions and Chief Medical Officer, Cambia Health Solutions



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