In the face of triple crises — the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting economic struggles, and heightened awareness of systemic inequities — the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) took a moment to reflect on how it approached health equity work over its 25-year history.
“For 25 years, the GHPC has consistently taken a broad view of health, examining systems, policies, and upstream factors influencing well-being,” says Karen Minyard, GHPC’s CEO. “Across hundreds of global, national, state, and local projects, we have built an understanding of the impact of broader social issues such as housing, transportation, food access, education, and economic opportunity on health and well-being.”
GHPC will remain steadfast in how it approaches work addressing health equity, including
- Advocating for an approach to problem solving, rather than specific solutions
- Building and valuing relationships
- Creating the right environment for important conversations
- Providing objective, relevant information
- Thinking systemically about tough problems
GHPC staff is committed to meeting current challenges through active research, translation, and facilitation that supports real-time understanding of the root causes of inequities and facilitates consensus building around sustainable, systemic solutions.