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Health equity is achieved when every person has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible, no matter who they are, where they live or their socioeconomic status.

The absence of health equity is the prime driver of health disparities today. Ideally, nonclinical factors such as preferred language, gender identity, race or ethnicity, religious or cultural beliefs and disability status would not result in differences in access to quality care or the health status of an individual. But too often, bias, discrimination and social determinants of health, including access to safe housing, food security, public safety and transportation, have a profound impact on health outcomes.

Health equity has been front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic: We’ve seen communities struggle without access to basic health services, including protective supplies and vaccines, and the call for more just and equitable health systems has become urgent.

During the Americares Health Equity Summit, we will hear experts from leading organizations share what’s working now and investigate what’s needed for a more equitable future. Panels will focus on health equity, medicine security, climate change and mental health.

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Summit Panels

Medicine Security

Medicine security means that every clinic, health worker and patient — everyone — around the world would have reliable, equitable access to the medicine and supplies they need to achieve good health. Equity must be built into medicine accessibility, availability, affordability and acceptability. Closing gaps is critical to ensure public health in the decades to come, as distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines shows. Let’s explore challenge and change.   

Climate Equity and Resilience

The health of people around the world is threatened by climate change and its effects. The scope of the damage that can be inflicted by a changing climate makes it one of the most dangerous, yet preventable, risks to human health. Climate change puts pressure on communities already at risk of poor health because of poverty, neglect and discrimination. Smart actions now can protect people for decades. Let’s reimagine the future.  

Mental Health

Gaps in mental health care are costly for individuals and society. During and after the pandemic, the shortfall in mental health treatment access only worsened. Let’s discuss innovations — including those in extremely challenging environments — that can serve as models for what mental health care can look like everywhere.

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