AHA’s Equity of Care Award

The AHA’s Equity of Care Award is presented annually to hospitals or care systems that are noteworthy leaders and examples to the field in the area of equitable care. Honorees demonstrate a high level of success in reducing health care disparities and promote diversity in leadership and staff within their organization.

The goals of this award are:

  • Recognize outstanding efforts among hospitals and care systems to advance equity of care to all patients;
  • Accelerate progress of the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities and its stated goals and milestones; and
  • Spread lessons learned and progress toward health care equity and the promotion of diversity.

Accepting Applications for the 2017 Equity of Care Award - Deadline Extended: March 17, 2017, 5 p.m. CT

To be considered for the award hospitals must:

  • Complete an application describing their efforts to provide equitable care;
  • Participate in the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s (Institute) most recent diversity and disparities benchmarking survey; and
  • Sign on to the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign.

To apply: Please click here to access the online application. In addition to completing the application, you may also submit supplemental materials that further demonstrate your work in health equity. Documents such as dashboards, score cards, reports, etc. can be emailed to equityofcare@aha.org after you have submitted your online application. If you choose to email supplements, please type ‘2017 EOC Award Submission’ in the subject line. It is important to know that only those submissions using the online application will be accepted for review.

Hospital size recognized: New for 2017, the committee recognizes that the work of health equity is being done by all hospitals, no matter how big or small, urban or rural. Consequently, award submissions will be categorized by number of beds, so please make sure to answer the first question in the application related to hospital size.

Factors to consider when completing your application: As you complete your application, it is important to highlight the following:

  1. The quantifiable impact your health equity work has made in the communities served
  2. The types of partnerships formed within the community during the implementation of this work (for example, community based organizations, the public health department, etc.)
  3. Whether the work in health equity has been incorporated into your organization’s business imperative

Special Note: In addition to areas of your health equity work, the committee will consider the three points above when identifying the leading candidates.

Submission deadline: Please submit the online application and optional supplements by 5:00 p.m. CT on Friday, March 17, 2017.

The AHA will formally recognize the 2017 Equity of Care Award winner and four honorees at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego, July 2017. In 2016, the Institute also named 20 hospital ‘champions’ who reported significant progress in promoting diversity, inclusion and health equity through their responses to the current benchmarking survey. To learn more about those honors, please scroll below.

The Institute is an AHA affiliate.

The American Hospital Association 2016 Equity of Care Award Winner:

Cleveland Clinic

The American Hospital Association 2016 Award Honorees:

The MetroHealth System - Cleveland

Navicent Health - Macon, Ga.

CHRISTUS Health – Irving, Texas

West Tennessee Healthcare – Jackson, Tenn.

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From Left to Right:
Rick Pollack, Executive Vice President, Advocacy and Public Policy, AHA
Peter Butler, President, Rush University Medical Center
John A. Miller, Jr., President Emeritus, AnMed Health
Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Nancy Schlichting, CEO, Henry Ford Health System
Gene Woods, Chair, Equity of Care Committee

The American Hospital Association 2015 Equity of Care Award Winners:

Henry Ford Health System

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

The American Hospital Association 2015 Award Honorees:

AnMed Health

Rush University Medical Center

CLICK HERE to learn more about these organizations

Read the press release here.

View an interview with Stephen Jones (Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital) and Nancy Schlichting (Henry Ford Health System) on H&HN

View videos from Nancy Schlichting (Henry Ford Health System) and Juana Spears Slade (AnMed Health):



   

Pictured, left to right:
Eugene Woods. Chair, Equity of Care. Executive Vice President and CEO, CHRISTUS HEALTH.
Thomas Zenty. CEO, University Hospitals
Nancy Schlichting. CEO, Henry Ford Health System
Joseph Betancourt. Director, the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital
Wendy Goldstein, Lutheran HealthCare
Rich Umbdenstock. President and CEO, AHA

The American Hospital Association 2014 Equity of Care Award Winner:

Massachusetts General Hospital

The American Hospital Association 2014 Award Honorees:

University Hospitals

Henry Ford Health System

Lutheran Healthcare

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For more information contact equityaward@aha.org