#123forEquity Pledge to Act

  1. TAKE THE PLEDGE - Pledge to achieve the three areas of the Call to Action within the next 12 months.
  2. TAKE ACTION – Implement strategies that are reflected in your strategic plan and supported by your board and leadership. Provide quarterly updates on progress to AHA and your board in order to track progress nationally.
  3. TELL OTHERS – Achieve the goals and be recognized. Tell your story and share your learnings with others in conference calls and other educational venues including social media to accelerate progress collectively.

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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 and use 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 EquityOfCare@aha.org.

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The Connection between Architecture and the Elimination of Health Care Disparities

November 16, 2015

The planning, design and construction of hospitals are changing.  Architectural schools that specialize in health care design are major contributors to this change. The merging of health care providers into larger and more complex systems is contributing to the change and, yes, regulators and third-party payers are equally responsible. We are interested in the IMPRESSIONS of STAKEHOLDERS who would like to contribute to these PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS and to the overall environment of care.Read More

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Equity of Care: A Toolkit for Eliminating Health Care Disparities

Equity of Care: A Toolkit for Eliminating Health Care Disparities

A new Equity of Care Toolkit provides a user-friendly “how-to” guide to help accelerate the elimination of health care disparities and ensure hospital leadership reflect the communities they serve. Whether your organization is beginning this journey or is already deeply engrained in this work, the compendium was created in response to your many requests to gather best practices in one convenient resource. This toolkit is available free of charge at www.hpoe.org/2015eoctoolkit.

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