Approaching the covid-19 pandemic response with a health equity lens: A framework for academic health systems

Sherita H. Golden, Panagis Galiatsatos, Cheri Wilson, Kathleen R. Page, Vanya Jones, Tina Tolson, April Lugo, Nicki McCann, Alicia Wilson, Felicia Hill-Briggs

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Racially and ethnically diverse and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities have historically been disproportionately affected by disasters and public health emergencies in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health established the National Consensus Panel on Emergency Preparedness and Cultural Diversity to provide guidance to agencies and organizations on developing effective strategies to advance emergency preparedness and eliminate disparities among racially and ethnically diverse communities during these crises. Adopting the National Consensus Panel recommendations, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity; Language Services; and academic-community partnerships used existing health equity resources and expertise to develop an operational framework to support the organization's COVID-19 response and to provide a framework of health equity initiatives for other academic medical centers. This operational framework addressed policies to support health equity patient care and clinical operations, accessible COVID-19 communication, and staff and community support and engagement, which also supported the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care. Johns Hopkins Medicine identified expanded recommendations for addressing institutional policy making and capacity building, including unconscious bias training for resource allocation teams and staff training in accurate race, ethnicity, and language data collection, that should be considered in future updates to the National Consensus Panel's recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1546-1552
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Medicine
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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