What policies can improve health equity?

Eduardo Sanchez • NOVEMBER 11, 2015

Eduardo Sanchez of the American Heart Association discusses ideas and proposals aimed at improving health equity in the United States. According to Sanchez, we have had the conversation about access to healthcare as a right, but we need to have a conversation about access to health as a right. Sanchez argues that it is necessary to have non-clinical strategies at work in order to improve health equity. The U.S. needs an integrated health system that has robust connections between healthcare, public health, and health policy. Areas of inequity include differential mortality, low health literacy, and unequal access to physical activity. He advocates for a program called Life's Simple 7 to promote general and cardiovascular health, and would like to see every high school graduate know how to perform CPR.

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