COVID-19 accelerated disruption in healthcare, highlighting racial and ethnic disparities in pre-existing conditions and health outcomes. These inequities are in part the result of differential access to quality and affordable healthcare, including access to health insurance. And individuals in rural and underserved areas face additional barriers to care, including limited access to healthcare providers, insufficient high-speed broadband connectivity, and less access to critical care because of high rates of rural hospital closures.
During this ASTHO Public Health Review podcast, learn how health officials can serve as chief health strategists to work across sectors and ensure that all people have access to the services and resources that allow them to be well. This episode also details how states and territories can transform service delivery, ensure equitable access to prevention and healthcare services, and ultimately build stronger, more resilient communities.
Esther Muña, CEO, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
The Honorable Lance Robertson, Director, Health, Guidehouse