#123forEquity Pledge to Act
- TAKE THE PLEDGE - Pledge to achieve the three areas of the Call to Action within the next 12 months.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
Medicare and Medicaid at 50 and Reducing Disparities
August 24, 2015
The impact of Medicare and Medicaid on efforts to integrate U.S. hospitals has been well-documented – if not widely understood – since these programs became law in 1965. In fact, increased access to hospital care for minorities and other vulnerable people stands among the programs’ most noteworthy achievements.Read More
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