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Health equity is achieved when everyone can reach their full health potential, and no one is disadvantaged from this potential due to socially determined circumstances, constructs, or positions. Healthcare must examine its role in creating, perpetuating, and correcting systemic inequities and biases in the healthcare delivery system to achieve equitable outcomes and anti-racist clinical encounters. The purpose of this learning series is to examine healthcare’s role and actions in ensuring equitable care and outcomes for all patients with the disease of obesity.
The prevalence of obesity in the United States is high and increasing. This is particularly true in Kentucky where 40.3% of the commonwealth’s total population had obesity in 2021. As the disease prevalence increases, so do widening disparities among racial groups as influenced by social determinants of health and racism. Not only is obesity a common, serious, and costly disease, but it is also a significant risk factor for developing other comorbidities. Join the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative for this webinar to examine the root causes of obesity and obesity disparities and discuss approaches to preventing and managing obesity by prioritizing equity.