The 20th Annual UCLA Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Symposium focused on addressing nonmedical factors and potential solutions to removing barriers to good health in under-resourced communities.
Good health goes beyond medical care. In fact, clinical care influences only about 20 percent of people’s health. The remaining 80 percent is affected by other nonmedical factors, such as healthy behaviors, social and economic influences, and environmental conditions. This year, the 20th Annual UCLA Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Symposium focused on addressing these nonmedical factors and potential solutions to removing barriers to good health in under-resourced communities.
The daylong event, “Health Beyond Health Care: Tackling the Root Causes of Poor Health,” recently convened approximately 350 committed community stakeholders in public health, education, the nonprofit sector, health care, and more. Presenters from various local organizations and institutions enthusiastically shared their experiences on programs, policies, and strategies to improve health and equity. Interactive panel discussions explored more deeply the event’s timely topics ranging from economic security and racial disparities in education, to wellness in the workplace and homelessness.
“This symposium brought together not just academicians and researchers working in this arena, but the people who are doing the work at the neighborhood level to address what is causing the pain and suffering we see in the community as a result of poor health outcomes,” said Winston Wong, MD, medical director, Community Health, and director, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente. “Today’s free event was also about hope and developing solutions to create a more just and equitable health care system.”
For more comments from Dr. Wong and other presenters and/or attendees at the free symposium held at the Center at Cathedral Plaza in Los Angeles, please see the short videos in the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Symposium Playlist.
For more information on the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, visit healthequity.ucla.edu.
The 20th Annual UCLA Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Symposium featured the following presenters:
In addition, C.L. Oldham from Get Lit wrote and performed the spoken word poem, “Extended Vacation in Other People’s Homes.”