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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Blog Entry
Why Culturally Appropriate Care is Essential to Equity of Care
October 27, 2014
As a first-generation Chinese-American with parents who emigrated from China to a predominantly Chinese neighborhood in Boston, I learned early on that you spoke differently with people of different ages and different backgrounds. So when I started my career as a nurse, I was keenly aware of how important it was to tailor how I spoke with and approached my patients in ways that made them feel respected, comfortable and understood. This was essential to creating a rapport that helped facilitate my patients receiving person-centered, high quality and appropriate care—the type of care that the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), of which I am CEO, includes among its core values.Read More
- National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR): National Leadership Conference- October 2-4, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA
- Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD) and American Hospital Association (AHA): "The New Science of Unconscious Bias: Workforce and Patient Care Implications." Webinar- October 22, 2014, 2pm ET.
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