“Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you should have substandard care”
Zoila D. Escobar
Preventative health care, too: AltaMed also organizes programs to keep communities proactive in their own health, such as training everyday people to teach those within their own circles how to manage their diabetes
Up next: Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health show that even with the same quality of doctors, facilities, and access, factors such as language, culture, and socioeconomic status historically correlate to worse health outcomes. This year, AltaMed will launch the AltaMed Institute for Health Equity to study this phenomenon and provide programming to minimize these disparities.
Work still to do:“The U.S. has the most expensive health-care system in the world, but is ranked 28th in the world in terms of health. Those of us who have gained a little bit of status are responsible for making sure those around us are as healthy and as productive as can be.”