The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has created a seemingly paradoxical scenario for the finances of health care providers. While states were rushing to build field hospitals to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients, traditional revenue streams for providers completely dried up: elective procedures were suspended and social distancing protocols limited the number of patients in office settings. A public health crisis became a health care crisis, as COVID-19 revealed the faults in the way necessary and critical health care services are paid for in America.
Health Equity and COVID-19: Tracking and Taking Action to Address Disparities
Health Equity Solutions and SHADAC
On Thursday, May 7, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar in partnership with technical experts from Health Equity Solutions and SHADAC. As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, it has become increasingly clear that vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted. Unsurprisingly, these disparately affected groups are the same ones that have long experienced stark health disparities, such as communities of color, low income populations, and those that reside in congregate living facilities (nursing homes, jails, shelters, etc.).
The webinar reported on how states are tracking the disproportionate impact of the disease on vulnerable populations and provided a framework for states to examine their COVID-19 response efforts to yield better outcomes for such populations. During the webinar, presenters shared insights from recent SHVS publications States’ Reporting of COVID-19 Health Equity Data and Five Key Questions State Health Officials Can Ask Right Now to Advance Health Equity During COVID-19 Response Efforts