Intelligence Brief: LM Addressing Health Equity
The Potential of Lifestyle Medicine as a High-Value Approach to Address Health Equity
This paper has been produced in partnership with the Institute for Advancing Health Value. The Institute wholeheartedly supports the principles of lifestyle medicine as a means to achieving health value.
This new brief is debuting along with a “Race to Value” podcast featuring Keith Gambrel, whose father’s treatment disparities and death from Covid was the impetus for Oprah Winfrey’s recent “Color of Care” documentary. The paper – fully available for complimentary download – will 1) evaluate the promise of, and need for, health equity; 2) explain what lifestyle medicine is and why it is high- value care; 3) share how provider organizations can deliver lifestyle medicine both through their own processes and through community partnerships; and 4) present some of the challenges to widespread adoption of lifestyle medicine and how those challenges can be addressed.
Widespread adoption of lifestyle medicine would represent
a dramatic shift in how chronic diseases are treated. Rather than focusing on managing the symptoms of the disease, providers and patients would work together to restore health by changing the behaviors that contributed to the disease. This change in paradigm may be exactly what is needed to alleviate the pain and suffering of individuals and achieve health equity.
Race to Value Podcast
In this episode, IAHV interviews Keith Gambrell, whose father’s treatment disparities and death from Covid was the impetus for Oprah Winfrey’s recent “Color of Care” documentary.
In an upcoming webinar on 10/6 with The @Institue for Advancing Health Value, you’ll learn how employing a high-value strategy in lifestyle medicine can help address health inequities among patients.
We’ll cover 4 main points:
- The prevalence and severity of chronic diseases in populations of color.
- How to distinguish health disparities from social determinates of health.
- How to lifestyle medicine can address health disparities.
- Examine the challenges and success of lifestyle medicine implementation as a high-value approach in lifestyle-related chronic disease
Register today for the FREE event with the link below!
During Hispanic Heritage Month, we are reminded of how lifestyle-related chronic diseases disproportionately affect historically under-resourced communities.
Dr. Qadira Huff grew up in a medically under-resourced neighborhood known as “East of the River” in Washington D.C. Today the pediatrician is using lifestyle medicine to help families there break cycles of chronic disease.
In their ongoing effort to integrate lifestyle medicine into family medicine, Drs. Rea, Polk and Mechley will co-chair a live CME-eligible lifestyle medicine training Oct. 27-29 for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).