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 of race, ethnicity and language preference data;
- increasing cultural competency training; and
- increasing diversity in governance and leadership.
Then, as now, we believe that addressing disparities is no longer just about morality, ethics and social justice: It is essential for performance excellence and improved community health. To expand on this project we recently released goals and milestones within each of the core areas. This is an important step and one we are truly proud of as representatives of the hospital and health care field.
We also know that we cannot, nor would we try, to do this alone. Our members, frontline caregivers and those in health care are leading the way and want to hear from you on what you are doing to eliminate health care disparities and promote diversity. We are actively seeking input from the health care field on best practices and tools so that we can disseminate and promote their work.
This site features resources and case studies collected from the field. To submit yours, email email@example.com.
Recent Blog Entry
Making Sure EVERYONE is Represented and Served
October 14, 2014
What does having diversity mean? Often, the focus is on the underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities, and there is certainly a need for that, as their voices are too often lost to the majority voice. The Call to Action speaks of boards and leadership teams that are reflective of the community served. This seems like a clearer focus; however, I would like to add an addendum of sorts: how can we make sure that everyone in the community is accurately represented and served?Read More
- National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR): National Leadership Conference- October 2-4, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA
- Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD) and American Hospital Association (AHA): "The New Science of Unconscious Bias: Workforce and Patient Care Implications." Webinar- October 22, 2014, 2pm ET.
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