Conversations with Health Equity Champions
The Root of the Issue shares the personal and professional journeys of nationally recognized health equity advocates and their work to end disparities in access to healthcare and basic needs in America. Our podcast provides inspiration to become involved in our collective quest for health equity and offers common sense solutions to the underlying injustices that prevent all Americans from living a life of health and well-being.
Randy Oostra, the CEO of ProMedica, a nationally-recognized, mission-driven, not-for-profit health and well-being organization with services in more than 25 states, discusses the need to address the social determinants of health in America. Oostra says “We need to call on health organizations to really begin to look at data and really start to make people aware of biases in healthcare. We know many, many, many people can't afford care. What are we doing about it? I would argue, not enough. We're making progress but it can't come fast enough.”
Oostra also told host Barbara Petee, “We have to commit ourselves to a national dialogue to think about the future of health and well-being. It is now time to have a different dialogue, a different discussion. And given what's happened over the last three or four years now is the perfect time to do that.”