Building Racial Equity Into the Walls of Health Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced health care leaders and policy makers to respond to the crisis in an extremely narrow timeframe—condensing decision making processes that sometimes take years into days and weeks. But it is important that these crisis responses address health disparities facing people of color. In a recent Health Affairs blog post, author Nathan T. Chomilo argues that calling for racial equity is just not enough. As health and policy leaders take steps to reform health care for millions of Americans in this country, they must build racial equity into the core of new policies and practices.

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This item is posted for the Aging and Disability Business Institute. ILRU is one of the lead partners in the Business Institute, providing training and technical assistance to centers for independent living and other community-based organizations in securing contracts with health plans and payers to provide community living services to people with disabilities.