Healthcare Inequity Series: Black Equity Coalition

In this episode of Systemic our host Dan Kimbrough sits down with Cleveland Way of the Poise Foundation and the Black Equity Coalition.

We discuss how the Black Equity Coalition is working to address health disparities and inequities facing Black communities in Pennsylvania. In this episode, Cleveland Way, the Community Engagement Manager with the coalition, discusses their work focusing on COVID-19 vaccinations and beyond. They are partnering with over 150 community organizations and “ambassadors” already serving Black communities to enhance their efforts and provide resources.

Cleveland explains how their equity-focused approach aims to give communities what they need rather than a one-size-fits-all solution. Hear how data collection and a focus on social determinants of health will help continue improving health outcomes in Black communities in Pennsylvania.

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This episode of Systemic is sponsored by The Black Equity Coalition. The Black Equity Coalition is a group of experts from diverse fields working tirelessly to address institutional racism and structural impediments that continue to plague Black, undervalued, and underserved communities. Initially focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coalition has committed to working towards racial and health equity beyond the pandemic’s eventual end by engaging the disparities in the five social determinants of health for the underserved (Our necessary means of health and survival).

Through the collective efforts of physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, public health and health care practitioners, social scientists, community funders, and government officials, the Black Equity Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that vulnerable populations have access to health, well-being, and economic stability.

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