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As part of the call to action, these national organizations will collaborate on national improvement efforts and provide hospitals, clinicians and educators the tools needed to address the challenge.

Many have seen the headlines that bring attention to the multiple societal factors that impact disparities in care, including environmental and other social determinants. Add the facts that racial and ethnic minorities currently represent one-third of the U.S. population and will become a majority of the population in 2042.

This site was created to help hospitals, health systems, clinicians and staff improve the quality of care for each and every patient.

Through free resources, shared best practices and national collaborative efforts, Equity of Care is leading the health field on a clear path to eliminate disparities.

There is great opportunity to impact disparities using three core elements:

  • Increasing collection of race, ethnicity & language data
  • Increasing cultural competency training
  • Increasing diversity in leadership

These focus areas will serve as building blocks to achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating health care disparities. Through consistent and meaningful data collection we can understand where we are as a field and more importantly track our progress as we achieve results. Training in cultural competency will improve the care provided to patients; help ensure that each patient not only receives high quality care, but also care individualized to their respective needs. Greater diversity in leadership positions will ensure that the health care field reflects the communities they serve and provide valuable perspective for improvements.

Award

The AHA’s Equity of Care Award will be presented annually to hospitals or care systems that are noteworthy leaders and examples to the field in the area of equitable care. Honorees demonstrate a high level of success in reducing health care disparities and promote diversity in leadership and staff within their organization. Learn more 

Featured Resources

 

Rising Above the Noise: Making the Case for Equity in Care

Hospitals, clinicians and caregivers are committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients and the communities they serve. Equity of care is central to that mission. Making this linkage is critical for the success of equitable care and the featured resource provides the business imperative for immediate action. Equity in care is more than just the right thing to do; it is critical to performance improvement and high quality care.

This slidedeck highlights the business imperative for equity of care. As the health care system moves toward a value-based versus volume-based reimbursement system, eliminating health care disparities will be vital. We encourage you to download the slides and use this presentation in conversations with hospital staff, community meetings or as part of board discussions. Achieving equity in care is imperative to improving the health of the population and the success of the hospital and health care systems.


Providing Equitable Care Videos

In an effort to continually provide current best practices and tools for those looking to provide equitable care, we will be adding several videos on the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data (REAL). The first in the series provides an overview of the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities and the importance of data collection. It examines the Greater Cincinnati Health Council’s efforts to bring their membership together to systematically collect REAL data.

Overview

View Featured videos from this effort that will provide a deeper look at how they were able to implement this important work.