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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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Creating a Movement: Achieving Equity in Quality

March 23, 2015

The issue of racial and ethnic disparities in health care is now garnering great attention from health care leaders across the country given health care transformation, reform and the pursuit of value. The connections between disparities, quality, safety and cost are clear, and there is also a strong understanding of the importance of developing systems that provide value to diverse populations. Achieving equity in quality will not be easy and will not happen overnight— most important of all, it will require a movement. In 2007, the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital launched the Disparities Leadership Program, aimed at doing just that. The DLP is a year-long, hands-on executive education program focused exclusively on helping health care leaders achieve equity in quality. It aims to create leaders prepared to meet the challenges of health care transformation by improving quality for at-risk populations who experience disparities. The goals are: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.

Call to Action Video Vignette

In a new video, leaders from CHRISTUS Health in Irving, Texas provide an overview of the Equity of Care initiative, including the importance of eliminating health care disparities and key action areas for eliminating these disparities. These action areas include increasing the collection and use of race, ethnic and language preference (REaL) data, increasing leadership and workforce diversity and providing culturally competent care. To view this, and all of the Call to Action video vignettes, visit the Media tab.