It's National Health Equity Day!
Today is National Health Equity Day, a day where we recognize the continued need to strive toward health equity in the United States. Health equity will be achieved when everyone has the ability to be their healthiest, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, income, geographic region, or disability status. Just because a person has a disability does not mean he or she is unhealthy, but we know that people with disabilities face barriers to achieving optimal health.
At SCDD, we are working to address some of the barriers that lead to health disparities for people with intellectual disabilities. Our work focuses on multiple levels:
- Educating the next generation of medical providers
- Representing people with IDD in URMC health system activities
- Implementing and evaluating health promotion services
- Advocating for people with IDD with our elected representatives
Over the past two years we have had opportunities to hear directly from people in our community about their experiences with local health care, and topics of interest for health promotion and educational opportunities. This input helps us to tailor our current and future work toward eliminating health disparities, and working toward an equitable future!
For more information about Health Equity Day and Disability and Health efforts at the Federal Level, check out: http://www.npa-rhec.org/healthequityday and https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/disability-and-health.