The role of measurement in overcoming health disparities, with insight from MN Community Measurement (MNCM), was the featured topic during the November 6, 2017 edition of Community Health Dialogues, a radio program on KMOJ FM.
Julie Sonier, President of MNCM, was joined by Gaye Adams Massey Co-Chair of the MNCM Health Equity Advisory Council (HEAC) and Anne Snowden Director of Performance Measurement & Reporting at MNCM.
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The weekly radio program is hosted by Clarence Jones. Jones participated at the MNCM Annual Seminar 2017 and spoke about the Clippers ‘N Curls program to reduce incidents of heart attack and stroke in the African American population. Jones invited MNCM to continue the panel discussion, titled In Pursuit of Health Equity, from the seminar, onto the air waves and directly with KMOJ listeners.
“There are so many things that impact good health,” said Adams Massey. She shared her insight as both the co-chair of the HEAC and also as CEO of the YWCA of Saint Paul.
The discussion touched on the importance of collecting health data in efforts to reduce health disparities. Definitions of health equity were shared, as well as the methods used to collect quality measurement data and the usefulness of this information in helping providers and patients to overcome barriers.
“This data is about getting Minnesota healthier,” said Sonier. MNCM works to not only collect the data, added Sonier, but also to disseminate it so that the public and health care professionals can better understand the result and take action based on the results.
The three panelists invited listeners to think of health broadly, more than doctors and nurses. The data, they added, is a tool to help come up with solutions to health disparities.
Sonier ended the program with an invitation for KMOJ listeners to visit MNHealthScores.org and to think of other ways that MNCM could work with community groups to reduce health disparities though quality measurement data.
In addition to the weekly radio program, Jones is outreach director of Southside Community Health Services and Q Health Connections which works with community partners to offer free, weekly blood pressure screenings.