Unraveling the Complex Intersection of Health Equity and Managed Care: A Deep Dive into a New Study’s Insights and Implications

Understanding Health Literacy, Social Determinants, and Discrimination in National Health Policies

In this episode of Managed Care Cast, we are joined by Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola, Candy Magaña, and Dr. Bereket Kindo. They are the lead author, research and project lead, and data scientist of a study published in the February 2024 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®.

Their combined expertise in health equity and data science provides a comprehensive understanding of the study’s findings and implications. The study sheds light on the importance of understanding and addressing factors such as health literacy, social determinants, and discrimination within health plans. By examining how these elements intersect with patient demographics, the study aims to inform strategies for improving the overall health and well-being of individuals within a health plan.

Dr. Olayiwola serves as the chief health equity officer and senior vice president at Humana, while Magaña holds the position of director of health equity innovation at Humana. Dr. Kindo is a lead data scientist at Humana. Their combined efforts highlight the importance of addressing issues related to managed care and health equity in healthcare organizations today.

Listeners can tune in on various podcast platforms such as iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, and Spotify to hear the full conversation during which they discuss their findings’ significance and relevance in the larger context of managed care and health equity.

Overall, this episode highlights how critical it is for healthcare organizations to address structural determinants of health alongside social determinants when developing strategies for improving patient outcomes within their plans.

It is essential to note that while individual factors such as race or ethnicity may impact an individual’s ability to access healthcare services or understand complex medical information; addressing systemic issues such as lack of access to healthy food options or safe housing can also have significant impacts on an individual’s overall well-being.

Therefore, understanding how these different factors intersect with one another is crucial when it comes to developing effective strategies for promoting better health outcomes for individuals within a national health plan.

By studying these intersections more closely, healthcare organizations can develop targeted solutions that address both individual needs and systemic challenges facing patients from diverse backgrounds.

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