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Exploring the Intersection of Health Literacy, Social Determinants, and Discrimination in Health Plans: A Comprehensive Study and its Implications

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Feb 13, 2024
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.

Listeners can tune in on various podcast platforms such as iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, and Spotify to hear the full conversation during which guests discuss their findings’ relevance to managed care professionals working towards improving healthcare equity outcomes for all patients.

In this episode’s conclusion, our guests emphasize that their research underscores the need for healthcare providers to take an intersectional approach when addressing patients’ diverse needs.

Tune in now to learn more about this important topic!

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