Paper finds gaps in health data are a barrier to health equity

COVID-19 has laid bare racial disparities in the United States health system. For example, COVID-19 cases among Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islanders are up to 2.5 times higher as compared to whites. Similarly, the rate of COVID-19 related deaths among Black Americans and American Indian/Alaskan Natives are twice as high as whites. A recent PhRMA paper finds that gaps in information on race, ethnicity and health are barriers to achieving health equity for many groups.

New research shows hotspots of inequity relate to increased COVID-19 hospitalizations

As part of PhRMA’s continuing work to address health inequities, we are partnering with researchers to study hotspots of COVID-19 and chronic disease inequities in New York state. Reports this summer show that boroughs in New York City with the lowest per-person income and lowest number of employer establishments had the highest COVID-19 mortality rates.

New report highlights biopharmaceutical industry’s commitment to D&I

Today, PhRMA released a new report prepared by TEConomy Partners, LLC that provides insights into the efforts of biopharmaceutical companies to advance diversity & inclusion (D&I) in the workplace, in the communities in which they operate and in the patient communities in which they serve. The report examines the state of accelerating demographic changes and persistent workforce disparities both broadly in corporate America and within the biopharmaceutical industry. The report compiles insights into how the biopharmaceutical industry is increasing opportunities and addressing workplace disparities for underrepresented and underserved populations.

Strengthening a culture dedicated to patients and equity: A conversation with Percival Barretto-Ko, President of Astellas US

This year our industry has been working around the clock to combat the COVID-19 virus, including developing effective therapeutics to treat COVID-19 and vaccines to prevent future infections. Outside of the novel coronavirus, major social issues have been brought to the forefront of public discourse. We understand that systematic racism is as real as any disease and our industry is not immune. We need to stand up to racism and injustice because failing to do so impacts our collective wellbeing. Our industry is committed to learning and leading us forward.

PhRMA CAREs Grant request for proposals: Addressing racial disparities in medication utilization and adherence

Systemic racism is as real as any disease, and our industry is not immune. This summer, in the wake of a national outcry for racial and social justice, our industry offered a firm stance – systemic racism is a disease. As a pharmacist and public health researcher whose motivation stems from advancing health equity – this statement makes me ponder the question, “How can our industry help break the harmful patterns of racial inequities?” One way PhRMA is advocating for health equity is through a Collaborative Actions to Reach Equity (CAREs) grant.

Why prioritizing health equity in the Covid-19 vaccine distribution is not just right, but necessary

Even though Covid-19 is distinct from any health crisis the country has previously faced, assessing U.S. public health strategies during past crises can provide insight into what has contributed to a more or less equitable response.

Guest Post: Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month by taking action on health equity

Conversations and healthy debate about issues facing our industry and the health care system are critical to addressing some of today’s challenges and opportunities.

Today, we are pleased to welcome a guest post from Jason Resendez who is the executive director of the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity and head of the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition, convened by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.

Fifty-two years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson established a week every September to celebrate the important contributions made by the Latino community. He also sought to address racial injustice and health inequities through landmark legislation and policies such as Medicaid, Medicare and the Civil Rights Act. Unfortunately, our nation and Latino community is still grappling with many of these same issues today. The failure to adequately address social inequities is plaguing communities of color.

Sharing rebates can improve access to medicines and increase health equity

Conversations and healthy debate about issues facing our industry and the health care system are critical to addressing some of today’s challenges and opportunities. The Catalyst welcomes guest contributors, including patients, stakeholders, innovators and others, to share their perspectives and point of view.

Today, we are pleased to welcome a guest post from Dr. Leah Zullig, an associate professor at the Duke School of Medicine in Population Health Sciences, who is dedicated developing, evaluating and implementing approaches to support patients with taking their medications.

We’ve failed in chronic care management It’s time to change course.

In rearchitecting the system by training every care provider in every specialty, and enable lower-cost providers and communities, we will provide a new model of care where a physician isn’t the person who helps us when we’re sick — they help us be healthy.

Guest Post: Amgen Foundation stands for equal opportunities in STEM learning

Conversations and healthy debate about issues facing our industry and the health care system are critical to addressing some of today’s challenges and opportunities. The Catalyst welcomes guest contributors, including patients, stakeholders, innovators and others, to share their perspectives and point of view. Today, we are pleased to welcome a guest post from Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation on the work to bring more STEM opportunities to young people as well as advancing racial equity in STEM education.

Guest Post: Pride started with protest: Combatting the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism this Pride Month

Conversations and healthy debate about issues facing our industry and the health care system are critical to addressing some of today’s challenges and opportunities. The Catalyst welcomes guest contributors, including patients, stakeholders, innovators and others, to share their perspectives and point of view. Today, we are pleased to welcome a guest post from Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training on the importance of recognizing Pride Month and the fight for equality for all.