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Introduction and Alignment
According to the CDC, “Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to ‘attain his or her full health potential’ and no one is ‘disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.’ Health inequities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment.” In health, equity means that all people have the same or similar opportunities for health regardless of their social or economic status, the color of their skin, where they live, or other factors beyond their control. Health equity is about ensuring that everyone, regardless of circumstances, has the opportunity to be healthy, stay healthy, and live as long as possible. It is about fairness, justice, and human rights.
When Americans live in underserved areas, healthcare can be difficult to access. Living more than 20 miles from the closest physician can make it difficult for patients to receive quality care.
Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:
Research current healthcare equity and quality problems in the US healthcare system.
Read: Health Equity Matters: Bridging the Gap between Underserved Populations and Access to Care
Watch: Defining Quality: Aiming for a Better Health Care System (4:35)
Using Google Scholar to find scholarly sources
APA Style and Formatting Guide
Research a current equity or quality issue in healthcare. Write a 2-3 page paper describing and analyzing a problem with healthcare equity or healthcare quality and how the population is affected by this disparity.
List three reasons this is a problem for healthcare.
Give recommendations to solve the healthcare equity or quality issue.
Include a minimum of two peer reviewed supporting resources beyond the textbook.
Use the assignment rubric to guide your efforts and apply the current APA formatting style.