In an uncertain and changing healthcare landscape, shaped by the pandemic and a new administration, here are six hopeful trends that will characterize the next 12 months.
Heightened attention to health equity
The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on our nation’s pre-existing health disparities, and this is an area President Biden is committed to addressing. Look no further than the President’s second-in-command to see the increased attention this issue will receive. Vice President Kamala Harris, who, when accepting her nomination as Biden’s running mate, made clear that Covid-19 is “not an equal opportunity offender. Black, Latino, and indigenous people are suffering and dying disproportionately.” Harris has paid special attention throughout her career to address racial disparities in maternal health, frequently noting that black women are three times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy complications.