Health care disparities in rheumatology have been shown to have a significantly negative effect on quality of life and patient outcomes. There are several factors that drive health inequities in the US, including race, ethnicity, and socioeconomics, such as education, health care access, and income.
In the first episode of the ACR Convergence 2021 series, we speak with rheumatologist Iris Y. Navarro-Millán, MD, who provides a deeper insight into understanding social determinants of health as drivers of health disparities in rheumatology and urges researchers and clinicians to look beyond just race and ethnicity when addressing these disparities.
Iris Y. Navarro-Millán, MD,is an assistant professor of medicine at the Division of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Division of Rheumatology at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York. She is a health services researcher and implementation scientist working to address gaps in care that exist for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Dr Navarro-Millán is the co-director of the Diversity Leadership Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine, which focuses on training young faculty from underrepresented groups to equip them with the skillsets that will help them become leaders in academia.
Dr Navarro-Millán is also leading efforts in the antiracism task force of General Internal Medicine whose goal is to eliminate racist environments at the workplace and promote a diverse and equal environment for the medical staff and the patients whom General Internal Medicine serve.