Advancing a Culture of Mutual Respect During Polarizing Current Affairs
November 3, 2016
Main Line Health President and CEO Jack Lynch calls on every member of Pennsylvania’s hospital community to remain a steady beacon of strength, kindness, and hope. “Our compassionate, life-saving work transcends political beliefs, violence, and the news of the day for the patients who trust us with their health and healing.” Read more: https://www.haponline.org/Newsroom/Blog-Postings/ID/2042/Advancing-a-Culture-of-Mutual-Respect-a-critical-element-for-a-healing-environment
Strengthening Our Commitment to Health Equity
October 20, 2016
Rick Pollack, President and CEO, AHA
America’s hospitals and health systems are working hard to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable and safe care. To do that, we must eliminate health and health care disparities that continue to exist for far too many diverse individuals.
We know the statistics. Latino Americans are 65 percent more likely to be diabetic than whites. African-Americans make up more than one-third of patients receiving dialysis for kidney failure — despite representing only 13 percent of the overall population. Nearly half of all African-Americans are not screened for colorectal cancer at the recommended time. And there are many others. A number of factors contribute to these inequities, including lack of insurance coverage; historical discrimination; lack of culturally competent providers; and the need to address the social determinants of health, which determine 80 percent of the reasons for using health care services. Ending health care disparities and advancing diversity is a priority for the American Hospital Association. Last year, we launched the #123forEquity Pledge to Act campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities to accelerate progress on this critical work.
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