CMS Conference 2023 Health Equity
Explore the CMS Quality Conference 2023. Here, we highlight insights from experts Dr. Tabia Akintobi, Shirley E. "Bella" Borghi, and Dr. Saadia Khizer, brought together by GA CEAL and HHCGA.
The CMS Quality Conference 2023 stood as a testament to the relentless pursuit of health equity and community resilience, hosting many prominent figures in the medical field. Three speakers stood out in particular: Dr. Tabia Akintobi, Shirley E. "Bella" Borghi, and Dr. Saadia Khizer, each bringing unique perspectives and invaluable insights into the complex landscape of public health.
Dr. Tabia Akintobi, a renowned expert from the Georgia Prevention Research Center, captured the audience's attention with her profound understanding of community health. She believes,
"Partnership and collaboration are the backbone of health equity, transforming ideas into actions."
CCPH, an initiative aiming to foster health equity, has identified several objectives:
CCB plays an integral role in addressing health disparities by advocating for health initiatives and fostering partnerships. Dr. Akintobi shared, "The achievements of the CCB reflect the power of community action and partnership."
Shirley E. "Bella" Borghi, a stalwart in the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, emphasized the importance of resilience in communities.
Community resiliency is the community's ability to adapt to adversities and maintain functionality. It hinges on two key elements: adaptability and purposefulness. Borghi states,
"A multi-pronged approach that addresses social, economic, and health challenges is vital for community resilience."
She further identified language and cultural barriers, as well as transportation and technology deficits as key challenges. Borghi urged, "Overcoming barriers in real-time is crucial for effective community health interventions."
Building trust and engaging the entire family in health initiatives are critical steps in fostering resilient communities. Borghi reiterated, "Education is the cornerstone of resilience – it empowers communities to make informed health decisions."
Borghi outlined the significance of protective factors (such as strong role models and optimism) over risk factors, stating, "Protective factors build resilience, enabling communities to thrive amidst adversities."
Dr. Saadia Khizer, a Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist at the Morehouse School of Medicine, shed light on the role of the NIH Vaccine Trial Unit, established in August 2020.
The Vaccine Trial Unit's mission is to address health inequities through safe and effective vaccine development and trials. This aligns with Morehouse School of Medicine's mission to eliminate health disparities.
Morehouse School of Medicine's involvement in the Novavax adult vaccine trial, particularly targeting minority populations, showcased the importance of diversity in vaccine trials. Dr. Khizer stressed,
"Representation in vaccine trials is critical in ensuring equitable health outcomes."
The trials have had a profound impact on the community, particularly in addressing COVID-19 related inquiries. Dr. Khizer shared, "The resilience and courage of trial participants are awe-inspiring. Their participation is instrumental in our fight against the pandemic."
The development and trials of Novavax, a EUA-approved vaccine, including its booster, showcased the triumphs in vaccine science. The Morehouse School of Medicine also played a pivotal role in the CoVpn network, expediting the production and dissemination of vaccines.
Ongoing studies focusing on the effectiveness of FDA-approved medications for COVID-19 in non-hospitalized patients highlight the continuous strides in combating the virus. The Hummingbird study, focusing on Novavax in children, presents promising prospects. Dr. Khizer emphasized, "Ongoing research is our greatest weapon in combating COVID-19."
Dr. Khizer stressed the need for future preparedness, drawing lessons from the current pandemic. She stated, "Preparedness is not an option but a necessity. Future pandemics require us to be equipped with a robust emergency preparedness plan."
Dr. Akintobi underlined the importance of community engagement in the recovery from a pandemic, stating, "The solutions to our health problems lie within our communities."
A community-based marketing campaign proved effective in promoting vaccinations. Tools like geo-fencing, geo-mapping, and social media played vital roles in disseminating accurate information. Dr. Akintobi affirmed, "Social media is a powerful tool for information dissemination, provided it is harnessed responsibly."
CCB's wisdom was invaluable in understanding the thoughts and actions of primarily black and Latinx communities in Georgia towards the COVID-19 vaccine, child participation, and testing. Dr. Akintobi reiterated,
"Engaging voices in the community is key in crafting effective health strategies."
Factors such as gender, race, employment, education level, and trust in federal health authorities influenced COVID-19 testing. Dr. Akintobi stated, "Trust plays a fundamental role in testing—it's the bedrock of public health measures."
By 2022, the increase in vaccinations was influenced by factors like race, age, employment, knowledge about COVID-19, and trust in federal health authorities. Dr. Akintobi affirmed, "Knowledge and trust are instrumental in decision-making for vaccinations."
Concerns about side effects and the safety of the vaccine were contrasted by motivations centering on the safety of their family, community, and themselves. Dr. Akintobi concluded, "Addressing community concerns and promoting the benefits of vaccination are paramount in our fight against this pandemic."
The CMS Quality Conference 2023 proved to be an enlightening platform, shedding light on the strides in medical advancements and the importance of community resilience. The insights shared by Dr. Tabia Akintobi, Shirley E. "Bella" Borghi, and Dr. Saadia Khizer painted a comprehensive picture of the current health landscape and the crucial role of collaboration and equity in fostering community resilience.
Together, these three experts presented an inspiring vision of a future where health equity is a reality, and every community is resilient and empowered to face health challenges. Their collective message was clear: through partnership, collaboration, and engagement, we can overcome any health challenge that comes our way.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The CMS Quality Conference 2023 is a premier event that brings together health experts and stakeholders to discuss advancements in medical science and health equity.
Dr. Tabia Akintobi from the Georgia Prevention Research Center, Shirley E. "Bella" Borghi from the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, and Dr. Saadia Khizer from the NIH Vaccine Trial Unit were the key speakers at the conference.
The CCB is pivotal in addressing health disparities by fostering partnerships between communities and academic institutions and promoting health equity.
The Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia (HHCGA) provides access to information, advocacy, and education for underserved populations.
The Vaccine Trial Unit's mission is to address health inequities through safe and effective vaccine development and trials, focusing on emerging infections, HIV, and other vaccine-preventable conditions.
Morehouse School of Medicine has been actively involved in vaccine trials, including the Novavax adult vaccine trial, focusing on minority representation to ensure equitable health outcomes.
Predictors for COVID-19 testing and vaccination include factors such as gender, race, employment, education level, knowledge about COVID-19, and trust in federal health authorities.
8. What is the importance of diversity in vaccine trials?
Diversity in vaccine trials is important because it ensures that the vaccine is effective and safe for all demographic groups. This is crucial in addressing health disparities and promoting health equity.
Novavax is an EUA-approved vaccine for COVID-19. Morehouse School of Medicine was involved in the adult vaccine trial of Novavax, specifically focusing on minority representation.
The Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia is building resilient communities by addressing language and cultural barriers, engaging the entire family in health initiatives, and focusing on education. They also work to build trust and confidence within the communities they serve.
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