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 contacting COVID-19 and experiencing severe illness.

 

Medical provider and patient talking. What is Health Equity? "Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain his or her full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. Health inequities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment."  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020).

 

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 Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Hospital Association, Montana Primary Care Association, 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 population across our state.

We welcome additional participation. 

Please contact Grace Behrens

406-994-6043

gracebehrens@montana.edu