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Health in the Home Contributes to Health Equity

April 1st, 2021|

I had to share a health equity “aha moment.” In thinking about moving more health care services into patients’ homes, we have focused on a variety of use cases — from seniors who want to age in place to complex patients who need more disease management to working parents who would rather have a nurse visit their home than have their kids miss school for an appointment.

We overlooked something important – how care in the home can contribute to health equity. A brilliant contributor to the health-in-the-home movement just made it crystal clear how more care in the home will contribute to health equity – a change in the power dynamic between patient and provider.

A medical provider is a guest in the home of a patient, which changes the control equation for a patient who, when in an institutional setting, is within the authority of someone else. Communities of color disproportionately lack trust in the health care system, and understandably so. If you have been disenfranchised, why would you expect the health care system to be any fairer?

It’s different if a medical provider visits your home. It’s much easier to build trust with a patient in an environment more comfortable to them. Being in a patient’s home also affords the opportunity to interact with the patient’s caregiver, identify possible food insecurity, fall risks, unsafe social situations, and conduct medication reconciliation. The connection built through an interaction in the patient’s home can also help solidify a longer-term relationship that will contribute to better adherence to care plans, and improved care coordination.

It is realizations like these that reinforce how important it is that we give patients the option to choose their home as a site of care.

Slides from Webinar: Learn More About Moving Health Home

March 31st, 2021|

Thank you for your interest in MHH! Our March 31st webinar provided background on MHH’s formation, membership, plans for the future, and more information on joining. If you missed it, please feel free to view the slides here: Moving Health Home Webinar Slides 3_31_2021. 

If you are interested in joining, have additional questions, or want to connect further, please email Jeremiah McCoy at jmccoy@movinghealthhome.org.

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