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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. 

Resources

Understanding Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Toolkits Assessment Tools Additional Resources