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Equity in Medical Care

Health equity means that everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, or age, has access to quality health care and medical treatment. Unfortunately, shorter life spans, poorer quality of life, higher rate and greater severity of disease, and higher death rates are the norm for those marginalized by inequity in our social systems. As with food insecurity, we must find ways to alleviate the immediate need while, at the same time, tackling the systemic root causes of health inequity.  We are called to remember and imitate founder of Methodism, John Wesley, who worked to improve the physical health of the impoverished and encouraged other Methodists to do the same.

Become Informed:

  • Be introspective, prayerfully examining the United Methodist stance on social issues and your own beliefs and habits. Becoming a strong ally in a social justice movement requires ongoing self-reflection, learning, and openness to growth.


  • Be in prayer for those who are victims of social injustice and those who work to advocate for them


  • Become a part of a Burke UMC social justice team that focuses on advocating for equity in health care

  • Write a social justice article for the Burke UMC Connections Newsletter

  • Be a socially conscious investor

  • Be a socially conscious consumer

  • Find and join an organization that promotes the cause you support: Idealist, Volunteer Match


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