Striving for Health Equity in Los Angeles
Ten percent of Los Angeles residents are completely uninsured. Uninsured people are more likely to feel the burden of health inequalities, as they are unable to access preventative care such as yearly visits, diagnostic screenings, vaccinations, mammograms, reproductive care, and routine blood work. Additionally, individuals with conditions (like diabetes) are unable to access vital medications (such as insulin). Another aspect contributing to unequal access to healthcare is distrust of the healthcare system. We will investigate the intersection between public health and social injustices in Los Angeles through community action plans. We will inform community members about their accessibility and how to access certain services and take advantage of them to the fullest.