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Health Equity Summit

November 02 – November 04, 2021

12:00 pm EDT -2:00 pm EDT

Your race can have a significant impact on the healthcare you receive and even your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. How can we as providers make a difference?

The American Heart Association has declared structural racism as a cause of poor health and premature death from heart disease and stroke, recognizing that a person’s race or ethnicity can increase a person’s chance of experiencing a heart attack or stroke—or surviving it.

In partnership with the Association of Black Cardiologists, PCNA’s 2021 Health Equity Summit will offer solutions, provide tools and tips, and outline steps that can be taken at the personal, local, and national level to close the gap in health disparities.

Agenda

November 2, 2021
12:00 PM EDTWelcome
12:10 PM EDTDefining Health Disparities and Inequity: What They Are and Why We Should Care
Keith Ferdinand, MD
12:40 PM EDTHealth Disparities and Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction
Neva White DNP, CRNP-BC
1:10 PM EDTThe Important Role of Community Health Workers in Advancing Health Equity
1:40 PM EDTPanel Discussion and Q&A
November 4, 2021
12:00 PM EDTWelcome
12:10 PM EDTHealth Disparity and Social Determinants of Health: Community Assessments and Tools
12:40 PM EDTSystemic Racism and Implicit Bias: Impact on Our Patients and Our Communities
1:10 PM EDTPreparing a Diverse Nursing Workforce to Meet the Healthcare Needs of a Diverse Population
1:40 PM EDTPanel Discussion and Q&A

The intersecting threats of systemic racism, sexism, queerphobia, ableism, and xenophobia, along with modifiable AQ1 global risk factors for CVD (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia), significantly increase health disparities and are critical factors in patient outcomes. Social determinants of health—ranging from insurance coverage, stress, access to health food, and safe places for physical activity—can compound risks for CVD and related comorbidity and mortality. These factors have been exacerbated by the COVID-19, which has disproportionately devastated marginalized and minoritized communities.

Moreover, a historical mistrust of healthcare institutions is grounded in longstanding inequitable access and unethical research practices not limited to the unauthorized use of Henrietta Lacks’ cells, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, and the early 20th-century eugenics movement. This deep mistrust of medical professionals and systems can be positively impacted through improved interactions with well-trained nurses and other clinicians with whom patients interact, as well as through advocacy efforts to improve systems that have failed to keep pace with the needs of all patients in reducing disparities.

Register for the complimentary Health Equity Summit to learn about how you can make a difference.

Learning Objectives

Defining Health Disparities and Inequity; what they are and why we should care

  • Define and describe health disparities and the impact they have on our current economic and health care systems
  • Describe how the coronavirus pandemic and equity movement of the recent past have come together to highlight racial health disparities
  • Outline steps that can be taken at a National, local, and personal level to help close the gap in health disparity.

Health Disparities and Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction

  • Discuss potential barriers to reducing risks in at-risk social/racial and ethnic populations
    Identify potential solutions to empower and assist patients in overcoming barriers to cardiometabolic risk reduction
    Describe the role of nurses and community-based resources to support self-management and improve cardiometabolic health.

The Important Role of Community Health Workers in Advancing Health Equity

  • List the core tenets of health equity interventions
  • Describe who Community Health Workers (CHWs) are, and examine their role in reducing chronic disease health disparities
  • Identify what nurses and health care systems can do to elevate and support the personal and professional needs of CHWs working in diverse community settings.

Health Disparity and Social Determinants of Health: Community Assessments and Tools

  • Define social determinants of health (SDOH) and their relationship to health disparity
  • Describe how SDOH impacts cardiovascular health
  • Review available assessments and tools to identify the SDOH in your community and among your patients
  • Discuss how you and your clinical practice can positively impact SDOH.

Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias: Impact on Our Patients and Our Communities

  • Define systemic racism and describe its impact on social and economic opportunities
  • Outline the relationship between racism and health disparities
  • Identify types of implicit bias and how it can be manifested in clinical settings
  • Describe individual and institutional efforts that can effectively address implicit bias as a component of ending racial health disparities.

Preparing a Diverse Nursing Workforce to Meet the Healthcare Needs of a Diverse Population

  • Describe the racial and ethnic background of the nursing workforce and compare them to the patients they care for.
  • Explain the need for developing and sustaining a more diverse nursing workforce.
  • Review current efforts to diversify nursing student populations, retain students and nurses of color, and provide culturally responsive education, training, and support.