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 EquityOfCare@aha.org.
Recent Blog Entry
Where Are We Going?
December 19, 2014
I have had the privilege of serving as the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care chairman for the past year. It has been wonderful to see the passion and commitment of so many to “move the dot” of providing equitable care to all our patients irrespective of race, ethnicity or language preference. To paraphrase Martin Luther King - while we are not where we want to be, nor where we are going to be, thank God we are not where we were.Read More