AHIP Panelist: Achieving Health Equity Requires ‘Sense of Urgency’

During a keynote session at the AHIP Medicare, Medicaid, Duals & Commercial Markets Forum, health plan leaders offered sobering assessments about the state of health equity in the U.S. Still, they offered concrete steps their organizations have taken with community partners to address systemic inequalities.

“I would give us a grade of ‘C’ [on health equity]. Probably, before the murder of George Floyd, I would have given us a ‘D,’” said Karen Dale, market president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at AmeriHealth Caritas. Floyd was killed by a white police officer during an arrest made outside a Minneapolis convenience store in May 2020, sparking nationwide protests over police brutality and racial inequality.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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