The Health Equity Action Think Tank (HEATT) will serve as a collaborative central voice for shaping public policies affecting the health of multicultural communities in San Diego County and beyond.
On Dec. 1, 2015, the think tank explored the subject of racism and health with community members at an unprecedented town hall forum at the Jacobs Center in Southeastern San Diego. A panel of experts explored racism and their respective organizations’ efforts to respond to it. They included Dr. Camara Jones, considered the nation’s leading voice on the effects of racism and health. Leaders from leading public and non-profit organizations were in the audience. In the end, everyone was encouraged to continue the conversation about racism in their personal and work circles and to find small and great ways to confront it.
The goals of the think tank:
- To build the capacity of indigent patients to become strong advocates of health equity in their multicultural communities.
- To spearhead innovative research to determine what factors contribute to the development of chronic diseases in specific cultures.
- To identify evidence-based best practices and replicate effective models in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
- To convene regional and national conversations to raise awareness of the devastating effects of health disparities in multicultural communities and to explore possible solutions.