Philip Alberti is the Senior Director of Health Equity Research & Policy at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Washington, DC. You can follow him on Twitter
Please share how your work relates to the issues and concerns that are emerging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I’ve dedicated my professional life to helping build the evidence base of what works to eliminate injustice and inequities in health. The pandemic has forced those issues into the spotlight in a sustained way that I can’t recall happening in my 20+ years as a health equity scientist. It’s been overwhelming and exciting to see politicians, journalists, the media, (my mom!) finally “get it” to some degree. It’s also been incredibly frustrating when those same folks don’t get it at all – I have a new aversion to the phrase “underlying comorbidities”, for example – or act surprised by morbidity and mortality inequities. None of this is surprising.
Much of my work also focuses on building bridges between health care and public health in service of mitigating inequities. The lack of coordination between those two (and other) sectors has also been in high relief these past months.