Sat, Aug 24th, 2024
University A

How Partnerships between Physicians and Public Health Agencies Can Improve the Health of Our Communities

AC Jackson Medical Society

This presentation sheds light on the persistent health disparities faced by Black communities in the United States. We’ll examine the sobering statistics, revealing the higher rates of chronic diseases, infant mortality, and poorer overall health outcomes compared to white communities. Next, we’ll delve into the social determinants of health, the underlying factors beyond individual choices that profoundly impact health outcomes. This includes exploring issues like poverty, systemic racism, lack of access to healthy food and quality healthcare. These factors create a cycle of disadvantage, disproportionately affecting Black communities.

Understanding the role of public health agencies is crucial. We’ll explore their core functions: assessment, policy development, and assurance. Public health agencies play a vital role in improving Black health by collecting data on health outcomes, identifying areas of greatest need. They then develop culturally appropriate health education programs and advocate for policies that promote health equity. Finally, we’ll acknowledge the unique strengths and limitations of doctors and public health agencies. Doctors provide crucial clinical care, while public health agencies address broader community issues. Collaboration between these groups is essential for effectively tackling health disparities in Black communities. By understanding the root causes and the roles of key stakeholders, this presentation encourages a deeper conversation about how we can create a healthcare system that truly serves all communities equally.