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Five ways ‘health scholars’ are complicit in upholding health inequities, and how to stop

Health scholars have been enthusiastic in critique of health inequities, but comparatively silent on the ways in which our own institutions, and our actions within them, recreate and retrench systems of oppression. Progress on health equity requires moving beyond platitudes like ‘equity, diversity and inclusion’ statements and trainings towards actually being and doing differently within our day-to-day practices.
This paper introduces five common mental models that are preventing meaningful equity-oriented systems transformation within academia and offers ideas for shifting them towards progressively more productive, and authentic, actions by health scholars to advance health equity across systems.

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Call for Papers: Leaving no one behind on the road to Universal Health Coverage: The Kerala story

New Content ItemThe south Indian state of Kerala has long been considered a global exemplar of providing good health care at low cost to its people. The pursuit of equity, it can be said, has been a refrain in Kerala’s public policy for decades, but with myriad approaches (such as those linking equity to opportunity, while others frame it as an access issue), various intended and unintended effects, and shifts in health and welfare system properties and roles of a range of stakeholders in government, in local leadership and beyond. 

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At a time when health inequalities across the world are widespread and often increasing, International Journal for Equity in Health provides a highly visible forum where strong evidence relevant to the search for, and attainment of, equity in health can be found. Served by a globally recognized editorial board, the journal publishes research which improves the understanding of issues that influence the health of populations and shapes evidence-based decisions by health policy-makers. 

International Journal for Equity in Health focuses on disseminating influential research which examines the political, policy-related, economic, social, and health systems- and services-related influences, particularly with regard to identifying and understanding the systematic differences in distributions of one or more aspects of health in population groups defined demographically, geographically, or socially.

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