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.
The study’s findings highlight the importance of understanding and addressing factors such as health literacy, social determinants, and discrimination within health plans. By examining how these elements intersect with patient demographics, the study aims to inform strategies for improving the overall health and well-being of individuals within a health plan.
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 in health equity and data science provides a comprehensive understanding of the study’s findings and implications.
Listeners can tune in on various podcast platforms such as iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, and Spotify to hear the full conversation. During the episode, the guests discuss the significance of their findings and the relevance of their study in the larger context of managed care and health equity.
Overall, this study highlights how important it is to address structural determinants of health alongside social determinants when working towards improving healthcare outcomes for marginalized populations. By doing so, we can ensure that everyone has access to quality care that takes into account their unique needs and circumstances.