Think Tank

Think Tank - Multicultural Health Foundation

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.

Leading Research

Achieving Health Equity by Design

This Viewpoint discusses motivating health care organizations to consider a new set of tools and approaches to disparities in health outcomes by race/ethnicity and income status such as payment systems that reward better outcomes and building equity into program design.

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HHS Plan to Reduce Ethnic and Racial Disparities

The U.S government’s plan to reduce ethnic and racial disparities in the country.

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CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report

Comprehensive report on health disparities in the United States and their effects on racial and ethnic populations.

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Black women have higher rates of cancer

In a November 2012 report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports high rate of cancer among African American women.

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Advancing Health Equity for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations

Report from Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, “Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act of 2010, Advancing Health Equity for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations.

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Eight Americas: Investigating Disparities Across Races

Harvard School of Public Health identifies patterns of mortality in the counties across the U.S.

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Research, Practice and Policy: Key Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities Through a Focus on Community

California Endowment and Policy Link recommend strategies to reduce health disparities through a focus on community.

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Unequal Treatment: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare

Summary of the Institute of Medicine’s report “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care.

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The Effect of Race and Sex on Physicians’ Recommendations for Cardiac Catheterization

The New England Journal of Medicine explores the use of cardiovascular procedures according to the race and sex of the patient..

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