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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 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 info@equityofcare.org.

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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

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Call to Action Video Vignettes

Equity of Care, in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity in Health Management is featuring video vignettes of health care leaders sharing their ideas on eliminating health care disparities by increasing the collection of race, ethnic and language preference (REaL) data, increasing leadership and workforce diversity and providing culturally competent care. All agree that while hospitals have improved quality of care for diverse patient populations and increased leadership diversity, more work needs to be done. To view a listing of all the Call to Action video interview visit the Media tab.

Hospitals Making Progress in Health Disparities

Equity of Care Infographic

The 2013 Diversity and Disparities survey highlights both the advancements and more work needed in eliminating health disparities. This Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence infographic provides a sample of some of the findings in the survey. You can find the full results of the survey here. To view the infographic click here.