Chair, Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health Action Committee
UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine
AMSA’s Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health (REACH) Action Committee is hosting its 2nd annual Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA), January 10-14, 2011.
HEWA brings national attention to the issue of health equity, a concept not often taught in health professional curricula, to empower future health professionals-in-training to advocate for social and health justice in their communities. While most students can name specific health disparities, whether genetic, due to one’s environment, or man-made, many cannot verbalize exactly what the term health equity means. HEWA is meant to shine a light on and make visible the socio-economic and racial health inequities in our communities that we may often neglect or not see.
When referring to the health of populations or communities, health inequities result from systemic conditions that are not only unfair but also avoidable and therefore, inherently unjust. Health inequities can be traced back to unequal socio-economic status and inequitable distribution of resources from policies that we as a society created. Higher wealth status means higher health status and this should not be in a country that boasts some of the best ...