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Health equity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation defines health equity as follows: "...everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”

CMS Office of Minority Health studies on racial, ethnic and socioeconomic factors indicate that disadvantaged Medicare patients suffer from ESRD at higher rates. They are also more likely to experience higher hospital readmissions and costs, as well as receive in-center hemodialysis. Non-white ESRD patients are also less likely to receive pre-ESRD kidney care or become waitlisted for or receive a kidney transplant.

All Network initiatives have a health equity component that aims to close gaps in providing patients with greater access to care. 


Understanding Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Toolkits Assessment Tools Mental Health Resources
  • American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry (ASPH) works to foster multidisciplinary collaborations in mental health treatment with a specific focus on Hispanic and Latino populations.
  • Live Another Day provides mental health resources for all, including a curated list of mental health resources for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities), along with treatment center resource lists. Some resources are available in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Fujianese.
  • Mental Health Resource Hub from the National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) was developed to address the need for information on behavioral health integrated services and mental health with Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers (MSAWs).
  • National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (NHL-MHTTC) is dedicated to enhancing skills and knowledge of mental health providers that serve Hispanic and Latino populations.
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