No equity, no triple aim: strategic proposals to advance health equity in a volatile policy environment
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CitationG Wilkinson, A Sager, S Selig, R Antonelli, S Morton, G Hirsch, CR Lee, A Ortiz, D Fox, MV Lupi, C Acuff, M Wachman. "No Equity, No Triple Aim: Strategic Proposals to Advance Health Equity in a Volatile Policy Environment." American Journal of Public Health, (Forthcoming).
Health professionals, including social workers, community health workers, public health workers, and licensed health care providers, share common interests and responsibilities in promoting health equity and improving social determinants of health—the conditions in which we live, work, play, and learn. This article summarizes underlying causes of health inequity and comparatively poor health outcomes in the U.S. It describes barriers to realizing the hope embedded in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that moving away from fee-for-service payments will naturally drive care upstream as providers respond to greater financial risk for the health of their patients by undertaking greater prevention efforts. The article asserts that health equity should serve as the guiding framework for achieving the Triple Aim of health care reform. It outlines practical opportunities for improving care and for promoting stronger efforts to address social determinants of health. These proposals include developing a dashboard of measures to assist providers committed to health equity and community-based prevention and to promote institutional accountability for addressing socio-economic factors that influence health.
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