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Consumer Health Equity Advisory Group
Coming together to drive the agenda for meaningful change
Adults, community groups and advocates are raising their voices to get better care today and over their lifetime.
The Consumer Health Equity Advisory Group is elevating the voice and knowledge of adults and families. Together we will can address the barriers to timely equitable care, and inform and guide strategies and solutions to improve community and state initiatives.
Issues Consumers are Talking About
Here's some information and resources for consumers and care providers. There are many groups working on health equity and eliminating the barriers to getting good care. Come join us! Let's strengthen our shared mission. We'll post your work here. Email to Ellen, firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Digital Digest for MA and RI
MLPB, an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner, believes in the power of justice to advance health. Their Digital Digest is an impressive resource for MA & RI care teams who want to be more effective social need problem-solving partners with the people they serve. "The Digital Digest covers 10+ domains of health-related social needs (e.g., Housing, Food, Transportation, Immigration, Mental Health etc.)," says Samantha Morton, CEO, "with attention to key changes and what they mean for successful problem-solving." View this unique, comprehensive resource here
Vaccine Equity Now!
Historical and contemporary experiences of racism and discrimination have led to higher levels of earned distrust in Black, Latinx, immigrant, and low income communities, and among people who are incarcerated. Vaccine Equity NOW! Coalition demands that Governor Baker take immediate action to prioritize access to the vaccine for the communities. Funds should be immediately dedicated to trusted community organizations to engage residents, provide accurate information, and address concerns. These organizations have trusting relationships and know how to reach and effectively engage residents. Read more here
The petition can be found at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxHq69D_Z2uTzZlNgpHtoqpoHWd-grjg3P_GnsyqZPonAQwA/viewform.
Become Antiracist. Acknowledge Bias.
Learn more about your personal journey to commit to being antiracist in all parts of your life, and making unbiased choices. Here are great resources from the National Museum of African American History and Culture to explore:
Video: How to be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Video: How To Overcome Your Bias, by Verna Myers
Who's Your Agent? Make your own health care plan.
Every competent adult, 18yrs/older, can make a plan. You can do-it-yourself with the Getting Started Tool Kit. Help your family, friends and neighbors.
Start by choosing a Health Care Agent. Your Agent has the power to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions yourself. Your Agent can get you the care you need, even for a short while you recover. Be sure to mail or fax a copy of your completed documents to your Agent and primary care physician.
The Getting Started Tool Kit makes planning as easy as 1-2-3:
- Who's Your Agent? Appoint a trusted person as your Health Care Agent in a MA Health Care Proxy. No Agent? No Problem- start with Step 2;
- What Matters Most? Write down your instructions for care in a MA Personal Directive (Living Will);
- Let's Talk About My Care. Talk with your clinicians, using the 5 Things to Talk About discussion guide, to get good care everyday.
Download a free The Getting Started Tool Kit
¿Quién es su Apoderado?
Choosing a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy has never been more important to protect your right to get the care you want. You can download free, translated documents in Spanish and other languages. Bi-lingual care providers can offer culturally sensitive conversations and help adults translate their choices onto the English document. Both documents are valid and can be placed in the adult's electronic medical record so care providers know how to contact your Health Care Agent.
Here is a Health Care Proxy in 9 languages:
AlzHereForYou and 24/7 Helpline - Great resources from the Alzheimer's Association
It's been a challenging time for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias, and their family members and caregivers. Community health care professionals are working hard to help support all during the COVID-19 pandemic, made more difficult by the loss of access to resources and closure of day programs.
Have a question or need help finding a resource? Click on this link, AlzHereForYou to view a wide range of helpful resources. And be sure to call the 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900. Trained staff are there to help individuals, family members and caregivers, and also health care providers and community professionals find appropriate care and services.
24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900
Talking about Dementia And Culture
Dementia Friends of MA recently hosted a Let’s Talk About Dementia and Culture: How We Talk and Teach About Dementia in Cultural and Linguistic Communities webinar. It was a far-reaching and timely discussion of disparities in the risk of developing dementia, and how we can learn from the values and wisdom of many cultural traditions.
You can access recording and multi-lingual tools here.
For more information, Contact Beth Soltzberg, Dementia Friends MA at email@example.com
Share A Meal: Community Food Banks
During this public health emergency, adults in your town, city or community may not have a reliable healthy food source. Here are some resources. Please call ahead to find our how each group is distirubting food in your neighbohood. For those who can, consider making a financial donation to your local food pantry or food bank.
- State List of Local Food Banks. Link
- The Greater Boston Food Bank. Link
- Project Bread. Link
- Boston Medical Center Food Bank. Link
- The Greater Food Bank of Western MA. Link
- Worcester County Food Bank. Link
- Project Phoenix : A Food Hub Rises in Lynn. Greater Lynn Senior Services. Link.