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A National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Disparities

In 2011, the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, and America’s Essential Hospitals stood together in a call to action to eliminate health care disparities.

Our focus is on:

  • increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data;
  • increasing cultural competency training; and
  • increasing diversity in governance and leadership.

Now, more than ever we believe that addressing disparities is no longer just about morality, ethics and social justice. Achieving health equity is essential for performance excellence and improved community health.

We cannot, nor would we try, to do this alone. We invite you, our members, frontline caregivers and health care leaders nationwide to tell us what you are doing to eliminate health care disparities and promote diversity within your organizations. We need your input on health care best practices and tools for establishing equitable care so that we can disseminate and promote your work.

Where to start?

  1. TAKE THE PLEDGE - Pledge to achieve the three areas of the National Call to Action within the next 12 months.
  2. TAKE ACTION – Implement strategies that are reflected in your strategic plan and supported by your board and leadership. Provide quarterly updates on progress to AHA and your board in order to track progress nationally.
  3. TELL OTHERS – Achieve the goals and be recognized. Tell your story and share your learnings with others in conference calls and other educational venues including social media to accelerate progress collectively.

This site features resources and case studies collected from the field to assist your organization in its journey. To submit your own success stories, email us at EquityOfCare@aha.org.


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