We need individuals pushing for an equitable health care system from both within and outside. Most of my experience is inside the health care system working with organizations like Kaiser Permanente. Now I am working outside of the system with Health Leads to advance the cause of addressing basic social needs as a standard part of care delivery. Integrating social needs into care delivery allows us not only to create a more structural and culturally competent way of delivering health care but also to gather data that will allow us to develop approaches to addressing community health. Tackling the issues of community health will allow us also to implement necessary policy changes that target the root causes of health inequities.
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I am the epitome of the small-town guy living in the big city. Growing up directly exposed to rural health issues and now living in one of our country’s largest cities, I directly see how social determinants of health and systemic inequities affect the lives of individuals living in both rural and urban environments. Based on this exposure, I have had various roles in health policy and hospital operations to advance the cause of integrating basic social needs into health care delivery.