Event Builds Awareness, Action on Health Equity

Inside USD -- Questions abound about the state of the public health care system in the United States, everything from what’s covered, finding the right doctor for quality and adequate care and knowledge of the cost involved. Standard questions that require answers.

Then there’s the individual case study that make the issues with health care considerably more complex: A borderline diabetic woman is told by her physician that she needs to eat healthier, work out regularly and for the next three months visit the doctor for a monthly check-up.

Seems routine, right? But consider the social factors and it turns a normal diagnosis into anything but normal. Questions arise how a person’s health care/treatment plan is affected by transportation, insurance, race/ethnicity/culture, language barriers, the type of community a person lives in, availability of resources and economic status. (Full Story