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Advancing Equity Through Health Navigation


Advancing Equity through Health Navigation is a new blog co-authored by Diana Blankman, head of corporate social responsibility at Sanofi US, and Adeeb Mahmud, a former managing director at FSG.

The two organizations began partnering on health equity before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the journey is ongoing. This blog shares reflections from the journey in the hope that it may inform and inspire others to take action.

“Two powerful insights have emerged for us through this process:

Working to Bridge the Health Equity Gap in Underserved Communities

Quest for Health Equity Leader Ruth Clements Reflects on Key Lessons Learned

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday marks a National Day of Service and an important time of reflection. In 1966 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights on the deep healthcare disparities that disproportionately affected people of color and lower income populations in the United States and said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” 

Engineering Impact: Global Healthcare Access

Excerpts from the 2021 Medtronic Integrated Performance Report

We are committed to improving access to vital treatments that deliver better clinical, economic, and societal outcomes. By expanding our range of products and services, as well as access to them, we maintain and enhance our financial, intellectual, and social capital.

As we engineer extraordinary medical discoveries, we also develop new ways to expand their reach. These innovations transform standards of quality care, drive economic value, and dismantle structural and social barriers to health equity.

Technology innovation

Building Bioinformatics Program for Students at Historically Black University


 The United Health Foundation is collaborating with Harris-Stowe State University to help address the gap in the number of diverse college students trained in biomedical sciences.

The United Health Foundation has awarded a $2 million, three-year grant to Harris-Stowe State University to create a bioinformatics program for undergraduate students at the historically Black university located in St. Louis. 

Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute Empowering Greater Equity Among Future Healthcare Leaders

Professional development program strives to eliminate health disparities among underserved populations by cultivating a pipeline of minority scholars for leadership roles in healthcare
Press Release

KANSAS CITY, Mo., November 3, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute (BHLI), committed to eliminating health disparities among minority and vulnerable populations, recently hosted its annual leadership program, to provide undergraduate scholars professional development opportunities and internships at premier healthcare systems across the nation.

The leadership program is supported by Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services.

Johnson & Johnson Launches a Health Equity Innovation Challenge in 6 U.S. Cities

The company is calling for ideas from applicants in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and Philadelphia with the aim of helping to address racial healthcare disparities at the local level.

Race, ethnicity and skin color should never dictate who stays healthy or gets sick.

How Authenticity is at the Core of Award-Winning Purpose Initiatives for Quest Diagnostics and Action Against Hunger

Carol Cone ON PURPOSE clients prove authentic social impact to win Best Proof of Authenticity and Best Health categories at the PRWeek Purpose Awards
Press Release

October 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ - With purpose instrumental to organizational success today, two Carol Cone ON PURPOSE (CCOP) clients were awarded top honors at the 2021 PRWeek Purpose Awards, held October 13 in New York City. Authenticity is at the core of each winning initiative, resulting in thoughtful, real, and sustained actions that impact the business internally and externally, while having a positive impact on society.

New Health Disparities Report Reveals Urgent Need to Address Maternal Mortality, Mental and Behavioral Health, and Food Insecurity in the U.S.

Widespread health disparities persisted across racial, ethnic, gender, geographic and educational lines before COVID-19 pandemic, according to America’s Health Rankings Health Disparities Report.
Press Release

MINNETONKA, Minn. June 30, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), released its inaugural America’s Health Rankings Health Disparities Report, highlighting persistent and widening gaps in health and well-being by race and ethnicity, gender, geography and educational level.

Medtronic and Medtronic Foundation Partner to Address COVID-19 Surges With Focus on Equity

New Support Aims to Reach 10M People in India, Brazil, the U.S., and Other Global Regions
Press Release

DUBLIN and MINNEAPOLIS, May 13, 2021  /3BL Media/ – Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) and the Medtronic Foundation announced an additional $3M USD for COVID-19 relief efforts – a combination of financial resources, personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, and Medtronic employee engagement – focused on underserved areas of India, Brazil, the United States, and other global regions. This latest COVID-19 response expands Medtronic and Medtronic Foundation’s COVID-19 support to $56M USD.

Join the Movement #ForHealthEquity

By Thomas G. Bognanno

Tomorrow, March 11, 2021, will be a momentous day at CHC: Creating Healthier Communities, as we recognize CHC Giving Day #ForHealthEquity. Leading up to this national day of action—which marks the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic—we have been rallying communities, companies and nonprofits to join together to advance health equity. I encourage you to join us, as this is a movement for as long as it takes, not a one-day event.


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