Health Equity & Health Disparities
Health equity is a crucial aspect of the COVID-19 Health Equity Grant. This program works to address COVID-19 in Montana and advance health equity through strategies and interventions that address historic and systemic barriers and potentially discriminatory practices that have put certain groups at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing severe illness.
Health Equity Prioritized Groups Identified by the COVID-19 Health Equity Grant
Strategies to Advance Health Equity
- Community Health Workers and Community Integrated Health Professionals receive on-going training in health equity and social determinants of health.
- Collaboration with Native American Health Professionals to ensure cultural competence.
Statewide Health Equity Taskforce
In order to support the work of the CHEG, MORH/AHEC will convene a Health Equity Task Force with representation from healthcare stakeholder organizations across the state including the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Mountain-Pacific Quality Healthcare Foundation, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, and the Montana Public Health Institute.
Additionally, MORH/AHEC seeks representatives and participants from high risk and underserved communities (Montana tribes, disability advocacy groups, LGBTQ+ serving agencies/associations, and others) to share strategies and best practices for improving health equity.
The Health Equity Task Force will conduct its work through a regional structure, engaging the five regional Area Health Education Center offices. Our goal is to develop a toolkit for supporting and building health equity for underserved and high risk populations across our state.
We welcome additional participation.
Please contact Grace Behrens
Health disparities are preventable differences in health outcomes and disease burdens. These differences often occur along racial and socioeconomic lines and are related to inequality and an unequal distribution of resources. Health disparities are also closely linked to social determinants of health which can account for up to 80% of health outcomes.
This project is funded (in part or in whole) by grant number 1 NH75OT000080-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The contents herein do not necessarily reflect the official views and policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.