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 EquityOfCare@aha.org.

Recent Blog Entry

Where Are We Going?

December 19, 2014

I have had the privilege of serving as the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care chairman for the past year. It has been wonderful to see the passion and commitment of so many to “move the dot” of providing equitable care to all our patients irrespective of race, ethnicity or language preference. To paraphrase Martin Luther King - while we are not where we want to be, nor where we are going to be, thank God we are not where we were.Read More

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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.

Stratifying Patient Data to Eliminate Health Care Disparities

A Framework for Stratifying Race, Ethnicity and Language Data


A new guide from Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence and Equity of Care highlights a framework that hospitals and care systems can use to stratify patient race, ethnicity and language data and use them to identify and address health care disparities. This guide is available free of charge here or at www.hpoe.org/stratifyingdata.