Health Equity


Health Equity

Enormous challenges exist in health inequities and a lack of community resilience disproportionally impact medical underserved populations in areas that need it the most. Healthcare Ready is dedicated to strengthening, safeguarding, and responding to disasters with both visible (such as sex and race) and invisible forms (such as gender, sexual orientation, and sometimes race) of every individual’s expression and heritage in mind. We will continue to leverage our unique position to advocate for health equity.  

Equity is the central pillar to Healthcare Ready's Mission

Health equity — the attainment of the highest possible level of health for all people — is central to Healthcare Ready’s mission, work, and values. The conditions, resources, and information required to create and maintain the highest possible level of health are not equitably accessible to all people and communities. Systemic barriers create and uphold patterns of advantages, where some individuals and communities are given certain advantages while others are excluded. In the US, low-income communities, communities of color, and other historically under-resourced groups are often excluded from accessing the resources we all need to be healthy. When these resources are insufficient or non-existent, entire communities and the very people who depend on them for survival will suffer.

Our goal is to eradicate the systemic barriers that prevent communities from becoming more resilient in the face of impending disasters. Because hazardous events like natural disasters are on the rise, it’s critical that we take steps to protect and enhance the health and well-being of all before the next crisis strikes. We bring this equity lens to our partnerships with the healthcare and emergency management sectors to help advance more equitable practices in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, as well to support more equitable health outcomes.

Learn more about our approach and the framework we use to guide our efforts.


The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic posed unique care coordination challenges for many medically vulnerable populations. To support the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in creating national and state-level coordinated response capacity, Healthcare Ready worked with leadership from each of the Mega 7 State Offices to convene a virtual disaster preparedness training and exercise session.
Healthcare Ready is positioned to lead particularly at this intersection of emergency management and health, recognizing that the impact of crisis on health outcomes creates a unique intersection of disaster inequities and health inequities.
Explore data on needs and challenges experienced by communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 through the Impact of COVID on Communities of Color (IC3) Project 


Health Equity

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