Where you’re born — or to whom you’re born — should not determine your health outcomes

But, for many people across the U.S. and around the globe, it does, said Pfizer’s vice president of global health & social impact, Niesha Foster

A more equitable system would close pervasive gaps and ensure health outcomes are determined by medical factors only

By keeping community needs and social determinants of health top of mind, medical professionals can do their part to ask appropriate questions

Foster emphasized the importance of collaboration to move the dial on health equity today

Connecting with patients on a meaningful level about what they need and what works best for them requires attention to the health literacy

Increasing health literacy across the board, particularly for underserved communities, lends itself to closing gaps in health equity, she said.

The best way to improve health outcomes is to understand the baseline, agree on how to measure improvement and report that progress along the way