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In this episode of Managed Care Cast, we are joined by Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola, Candy Magaña, and Dr. Bereket Kindo. They are the lead author, research and project lead, and data scientist of a study published in the February 2024 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®.

The study, titled “Screening for Health Literacy, Social Determinants, and Discrimination in Health Plans,” offers insights into the experiences of patients in a national health plan and how structural determinants of health intersect with social determinants of health and patient demographics.

As experts in health equity and data science, Dr. Olayiwola serves as the chief health equity officer and senior vice president at Humana, while Magaña holds the position of director of health equity innovation. Dr. Kindo is a lead data scientist at the organization. Their combined expertise provides a comprehensive understanding of the study’s findings and implications.

The study highlights the importance of addressing factors such as health literacy, social determinants, and discrimination within health plans to improve overall patient well-being. By examining how these elements intersect with patient demographics, the study aims to inform strategies for improving healthcare outcomes for individuals within a health plan.

Listeners can tune in on various podcast platforms such as iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, and Spotify to hear the full conversation about their findings and their relevance to managed care and health equity.

During the episode, guests discuss how their research can inform policy changes that promote more equitable healthcare delivery systems that address social determinants of health such as poverty or lack of access to healthy food or safe neighborhoods.

Overall their findings highlight how structural determinants such as poverty or lack of education intersect with social determinants like race or ethnicity to create disparities in healthcare outcomes.

The guests also discuss how their work can help identify areas where targeted interventions could be implemented to improve patient engagement and empowerment through better communication with providers.

This study is an important step towards creating more inclusive healthcare systems that prioritize patients’ needs over systemic barriers to care.

Overall this episode sheds light on important issues related to healthcare inequality that have become increasingly relevant in recent years due to rising healthcare costs

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