American Hospital Association
#123forEquity Campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities


AHA announces Equity of Care Award winner, honorees

Kaiser Permanente of Oakland, CA, will receive the 2017 AHA Equity of Care Award July 27 at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The award recognizes hospitals and health systems for their efforts to reduce health care disparities and advance diversity and inclusion to support the goals of the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities, of which the AHA is a founder. Cone Health in Greensboro, NC; Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL; and Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, IL, will be recognized as honorees. “This year’s Equity of Care award winner and honorees offer powerful examples for the rest of the health care field on how to reduce health care disparities and foster diversity and inclusion within their leadership and staff,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Equitable care for all is a goal that hospitals and health systems should strive for each and every day, and these hospitals are helping to lead the way.” For more information on the winner and honorees, please continue here.




About the Pledge

America’s hospitals and health systems are working hard to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable and safe care. To do that, we must eliminate health and health care disparities that continue to exist for far too many racially, ethnically and culturally diverse individuals.

To accelerate progress on these efforts, the AHA in 2015 launched its #123forEquity pledge campaign. It builds on the efforts of the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparitiesa joint effort of the AHA, American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States and America’s Essential Hospitals – and asks hospital and health system leaders to begin taking action to accelerate progress on the following areas:

  • Increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity, language preference and other socio-demographic data
  • Increasing cultural competency training
  • Increasing diversity in leadership and governance
  • Improve and strengthen community partnerships

Hospitals and health systems also can take the pledge and commit to working on efforts within their organization or in the community related to health equity and diversity and inclusion even if the efforts do not fit clearly under one of the pledge goals listed above.


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For more information on the pledge, Click Here for the Pledge to Act Pledge Packet.


Contact Us

For personal assistance with the pledge, please contact Harriet McGee, executive assistant of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, at hmcgee_tmp@aha.org or by phone at (312) 422-2630. For general questions, please email us at equityofcare@aha.org or call (312) 422-2630.

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#123forEquity: A Toolkit for Achieving Success and Sharing Your Story

A user-friendly “how-to” guide to help accelerate the elimination of health care disparities. It contains resources that can assist all hospitals in their work to achieve the EOC goals.

Increasing Supplier Diversity in Health Care

A new Equity of Care guide “Increasing Supplier Diversity in Health Care” provides action steps and case studies about developing a supplier diversity program. By adopting a supplier diversity program, hospitals and health care systems can support minority-owned businesses and communities while obtaining products and services of competitively high quality and value. Download this guide, free of charge, at www.hpoe.org/supplierdiversity