Lovell’s Food For Thought – The Spirituality of the Unity Principles & Addressing Health Inequities

A Second Appeal to Connect the Dots

Dr. Lovell Jones | 2/1/2019, 10:31 p.m.
If we are going to successfully address health inequities, we are going to need to truly climb out of our ...
Dr. Lovell A. Jones retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

This is where the HDEART C and HHESAN come in. These efforts are attempting to provide a platform and network for all who may be taking different paths, but whose journey directly or indirectly focuses on the elimination of inequities, be they health or others inequities, to unite in supporting each other: A Call to Action to Unify.

Perception is reality to those who perceive it, whether it’s real or not. We can only address perceptions through open and honest dialog. And the only way to have dialog is through connectivity, and through that, develop interdependence. We learn that interdependence is an important concept in addressing inequities; that there is a shared responsibility in addressing this issue. That we cannot do this alone.

As I stated in the opening paragraph, “No one center or one institution or profession will solve the problems we face.” But I have learned several other things. Second, if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you already got. Because we are in silos, we are constantly reinventing the wheel. Third, what is publishable may not be relevant, but what is relevant can always be made publishable. Today, addressing health inequities is fashionable. The number of journals featuring articles on addressing health inequities has increased significantly. Fourth, a true change in the paradigm is needed. Given where we are in addressing health inequities, this is self-evident. Fifth, a person’s perception is a person’s reality, whether real or not. I need not say more than I have already said. Sixth, if the problems are in the community, then the community must be involved in determining the solutions. Seven, If you attempt to address a disparities issue as a single problem of just one disease, without taking into account other factors, you have already failed to address the problem at the beginning and the outcome will be like placing a Band Aid on a heart attack. It may feel good to you, but what about the person you are trying to help? This is why HDEART C based its efforts on a biopsychosocial (holistic) approach. And last: The solution to organizational effectiveness revolves around six key words: trust, respect, partnership, communication, flexibility and knowledge. These six key words are essential to any aspect of life and are crucial in addressing inequities.

Even if effectively implemented, the majority of these lessons learned, unless connected together across and within broad diverse groups, society will be constantly wondering when we will see the end to inequities. Society could ultimately become tone deaf to the need to address this issue. As this country becomes more and more diverse, time is not on our side. So, I am asking those of you who believe in “we” rather than “me,” to join and link up to enhance our efforts to eliminate health inequities. You can do this by going to http://hdeartconsortium.org/benefits/ and clicking on the button in the upper right-hand corner. It is the first step in truly solving the issues by bring out together and out of our silos and truly change the paradigm.