Eliminating health inequity in MetroWest is a big, complex task. Yet, if we care about the health of all our neighbors, it is one we cannot avoid. One initial step is to establish a common understanding of what we mean by health equity, why inequities exist; how inequities affect the health of our region; and approaches we can all take to move towards greater equity.
With the goal of creating this common framework, the MetroWest Health Foundation convened over 80 grantees and other community leaders for a presentation by
Mo Barbosa, the Director of Community Engagement at Health Resources in Action. The following is a brief summary of the major topics Mo covered during the session.
Developing a Health Equity Lens
The willingness to hear the experiences of those who are different and to look critically at community data is a crucial first step to understanding the causes and consequences of inequities. For example, data on wealth gaps between white and US born black households in Boston tells a compelling story about power and wealth distribution.