Sat, Aug 24th, 2024
University A

Oklahoma Managed Medicaid and Health Equity

AC Jackson Medical Society

This presentation dives into the critical issue of healthcare disparities in Oklahoma. We’ll explore the data, uncovering the realities of unequal access to healthcare across the state. This includes data on racial and ethnic minorities, rural populations, and low-income communities disproportionately impacted by limited access to healthcare services. We’ll delve into areas like chronic illnesses, infant mortality rates, and preventative care access.

Additionally, we will explore the concept of healthcare deserts in Oklahoma. These are areas with a significant shortage of healthcare providers, creating a geographic barrier to receiving proper medical attention. Understanding the locations and impacts of these deserts will highlight the challenges faced by many Oklahomans. We’ll discuss the wider social and economic consequences of healthcare disparities. This includes exploring how limited access to healthcare can affect educational attainment, job opportunities, and overall community well-being. Finally, we’ll shift towards solutions, examining strategies being implemented or proposed to improve healthcare access and outcomes. These include initiatives focused on increasing cultural competency among healthcare providers, expanding telemedicine services in rural areas, and advocating for policies that address social determinants of health.

VP Population Health, Clinical Operations & Health Equity - Oklahoma Complete Health, Centene