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



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

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.


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 Sharon Allen, senior executive director of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, at sallen@aha.org or by phone at (312) 422-3722. For general questions, please email us at equityofcare@aha.org or call (312) 422-2630.

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