Driving Health Equity
The journey to close health equity gaps begins with enhancing access to quality care. Then, it’s about embracing a whole person health model that directly addresses social drivers of health. We work hand-in-hand with our state and local partners to close these gaps and improve our members’ health.
California’s incredible diversity is magnified in its Medi-Cal membership. These residents historically experience health disparities at higher rates than the general population. A wide range of social drivers of health worsen health disparity gaps, including:
- Food insecurity
- Housing instability & discrimination
- Lack of employment opportunities
- Socioeconomic status
- Institutional racism & many other factors
Because two thirds of Health Net members are enrolled in Medi-Cal, we’ve invested millions of dollars into local partnerships to address these social drivers of health. As a result, we’ve learned what approaches work better than others. To help reduce these gaps, health plans should:
- Implement multi-faceted interventions
- Recognize that community-based resources drive the greatest impact
- Understand that cultural competency among healthcare providers is critical
- Leverage both qualitative and quantitative data to advance health equity
For an in-depth review of our analysis & best practices, please read our Health Equity Key Findings Report here.
Health Net is a key partner in Sacramento’s Black Child Legacy Campaign. This network of community stakeholders came together and created a program to reduce Black infant mortality rates. Today, the program’s culturally relevant care and innovative framework is helping other communities across the state establish similar partnerships.
In Oakland, Health Net collaborated with Roots Community Health Center to expand their "Cut Hypertension Program." This program piloted evidence-based "barber-pharmacist" interventions through partnership with local barbershops. The initiative reaches at-risk patients where they are with education and resources. Now, the model is being expanded to communities across the country.
To combat vaccine hesitancy during COVID-19, Health Net funded education and training for providers. We also deployed mobile vaccination RVs to reach California’s hardest hit communities. The result? We’ve vaccinated more than 8,800 residents at more than 70 local events to date.
Collaborated with the Los Rios Colleges Foundation, Sacramento City College and Greater Sacramento Urban League to create the Community Health Worker Pathway (CHWP) program. CHWP trains and employs underrepresented community health workers in the region. The first class graduated in 2019 and the program is looking to expand.
Supported by Health Net, the Reinvent Stockton Scholars Program tapped into a new talent pool — high school students. The program now engages local students throughout the year to link them up with programs post- graduation.