Addressing Health Equity
The GeoHealth Platform can assess health outcomes and costs against social determinants of health (SDoH) and population demographic factors (partially listed below) to highlight health inequity in our communities.
For example, the left image below shows a high degree of correlation between Infant Mortality in Montgomery County, MD by Census tract and Educational Attainment levels in the County. The right image shows a greater correlation at the Census tract level between Infant Mortality and Majority-Minority population demographics.
HSR.health can identify and analyze the underlying factors associated with such inequity at the overall population level, or by specific subpopulation, e.g., Medicare beneficiaries. Additionally, we can track and trend changes in health data and social factors over time.
The images below show trends and estimates regarding the growth of SDoH factors (right image) within an individual hospital catchment area (e.g., Shady Grove Medical Center, left image). These can be used to identify the additional resources and service delivery capabilities required to meet anticipated healthcare needs. This will also allow for better allocation of both health and social resources to disadvantaged and at-risk communities to help mitigate and address health inequity.
As communities grow and change, it is important to identify and understand how specific risk factors have the ability to influence various health outcomes (e.g., growth in maternal health risk factors, Prince George’s County, right image). This insight allows health care systems, legislators, and community members to empower themselves and advocate for the resources needed to meet the holistic needs of the population – and therefore work towards health equity.
For additional information on our solution to address health inequity solution, please contact us at +1.240.731.0756.