Understanding Health Literacy, Social Determinants, and Discrimination in National Health Policies

In this episode of Managed Care Cast, we are joined by Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola, Candy Magaña, and Dr. Bereket Kindo. They are the lead author, research and project lead, and data scientist of a study published in the February 2024 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®. The study, titled “Screening for Health Literacy, Social Determinants, and Discrimination in Health Plans,” offers insights into the experiences of patients in a national health plan and how structural determinants of health intersect with social determinants of health and patient demographics.

Dr. Olayiwola serves as the chief health equity officer and senior vice president at Humana, while Magaña holds the position of director of health equity innovation. Dr. Kindo is a lead data scientist at the organization. Their combined expertise in health equity and data science provides a comprehensive understanding of the study’s findings and implications.

The study sheds light on the importance of understanding and addressing factors such as health literacy, social determinants, and discrimination within health plans. By examining how these elements intersect with patient demographics, the study aims to inform strategies for improving the overall health and well-being of individuals within a health plan.

During the episode, guests discuss their findings’ significance in the larger context of managed care and health equity. Listeners can tune in on various podcast platforms such as iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, and Spotify to hear more about this important topic.

Overall, this study highlights that it is crucial to take into account patient demographics when addressing social determinants of health within healthcare plans. By doing so, healthcare providers can create more effective strategies for improving patient outcomes.

As one guest mentioned during the episode,”We need to recognize that patients’ experiences with healthcare are not isolated events but rather part of a larger systemic issue.” This sentiment is echoed by many researchers who believe that addressing social determinants requires not only individual actions but also systemic changes.

In conclusion, this episode’s guests provide valuable insights into how healthcare providers can address structural determinants more effectively by incorporating patient demographics into their strategies. As they discussed during their interview,”We hope that our findings will inspire other healthcare organizations to prioritize addressing social determinants more comprehensively.”

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