Paving the Way for Cancer Health Equity
Since the appointment of Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, as Director of the newly formed Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity (CEHE) within Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center, the mission of ensuring cancer health equity and improving outcomes with an emphasis on traditionally marginalized communities, has begun to take shape.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Protects Against Severe Illness and May Reduce Transmission, F.D.A. Analyses Find
The coronavirus pandemic has crippled economies, shut down travel and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, transforming the world in ways that would have been unthinkable a year ago. The Biden administration’s first days were inevitably dominated by discussion of how his team would tackle the crisis, as the U.S. death toll continued its inexorable climb to a staggering milestone: 500,000 deaths.Source: The New York Times
Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital Receive Grant to Address Cancer Health Inequities
Biotechnology company Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, has awarded a research grant to Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital to measure, address, and create accountability around cancer health inequities.
Vaccine Distribution in Burdened Communities Begins with Building Trust
While Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Americans are dying from COVID-19 at nearly three times the rate of white Americans, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an associate professor of internal medicine, public health, and management at Yale, worries that many people in these communities will be reluctant to receive the vaccines.Source: YaleNews
Connecticut sees a rise in hospitalizations and COVID positivity rate over the weekend
HARTFORD, Conn. — Governor Lamont held a news briefing Monday afternoon to provide updates on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts. He was joined by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith from the Yale School of Public Health. Nunez-Smith was tapped by President-elect Joe Biden to co-chair his COVID-19 task force.Source: Fox61
Conn. COVID-19 Positivity Rate at 5.4%, Hospitalizations Up By Nearly 100
The state's COVID-19 positivity rate is 5.4% and hospitalizations have jumped by nearly 100 over the weekend. There are currently 757 hospitalizations in the state. That is up from 659 on Friday. Connecticut has seen a trend of increasing hospitalizations from roughly 1% of people who've tested positive for the virus in mid-October to 6% now in mid-November.Source: NBC CT
State must center health equity in Connecticut’s health information exchange
Health information exchanges (HIE), organizations that aggregate and share information across multiple health agencies, provide that real-time information about community health. HIEs can aggregate data across multiple healthcare settings, from hospitals and urgent care centers to pharmacies, laboratories, public health departments, and other health-related organizations. Connecticut has committed to a foundation of achieving health equity through its HIE. This means ensuring not only a unified system of data exchange, but mandating measures, including legislation, to ensure the uniform collection and regular reporting of accurate information on self-reported race, ethnicity, language, geography to improve examination of racism and other structural causes of health inequities and incorporating other information such as self-reported health-related social needs, such as housing, food, transportation, and community assets that provide critical services to patients with specific needs.Source: CT Mirror
NIH Supports Two Yale-based Projects to Address COVID-19 Population Disparities
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has provided research support to two members of the Yale School of Medicine faculty through its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, which seeks to speed innovation in the development, commercialization, and implementation of technologies for COVID-19 testing.
What’s the Path to Equity in Health?
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is a Yale internist and an expert on the structural barriers to equitable treatment and health outcomes for people of color and other vulnerable populations; she is also the founding director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership at Yale SOM. We talked to her about her career, what we need to do to make progress, and what the surge of interest in racial justice has meant for her work.Source: Yale School of Management - Insights