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.

Featured Resources

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.

Today's videos feature:

Commission for Healthcare Interpreters
Karin Ruschke
CCHI Commissioner 
Northwest Community Healthcare
Arlington Heights, IL
Raymond Grady
Woman's Hospital
Baton Rouge, LA 
Teri Fontenot
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bridgeport Hospital
Shelton, CT 
Shawna Denise Hall
Critical Care Resource Support Nurse

To view a listing of all the Call to Action video interview visit the Media tab.

Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals in 2013

Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals in 2013Hospitals and health systems possess a great opportunity to affect health care disparities and to promote greater diversity. In 2013, the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), commissioned the Health Research & Educational Trust of the AHA to conduct a national survey of hospitals to determine actions that hospitals are taking to in these areas. The survey results highlight that, while more work needs to be done, some progress is being made in key areas that can promote equitable care, such as collecting demographic data, providing cultural competency training and increasing diversity in leadership and governance. The overview provides data to help the health care field focus attention on areas that will have the most impact and establish a benchmark to gauge progress. Click here to view.


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.

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