Many Americans — particularly those from marginalized communities — have difficulty getting care when and where they need it. That’s why the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative is expanding our journalism coverage and community outreach to address inequalities in health care.

For more than two years, the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative has focused on covering the issues surrounding caregiving for older adults. Its members also have decided to cover health equity, or the idea that everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health.

Social and political determinants limit many communities and their people from the ability to access quality care and lead healthy lives. There’s also an enormous effect on the U.S. economy; health inequities cost the country an estimated $93 billion in excess medical care and $42 billion in productivity losses each year, according to a study from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Altarum.

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