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Workforce diversity

April 12, 2017

By Maureen Swick

The AHA supports an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the communities our members serve. During National Minority Health Month, the AHA Workforce Center highlights our hospitals’ commitment to increasing and supporting a diverse workforce.

That commitment to a diverse and culturally competent workforce starts from the top down. Leaders, executives and governance teams must recruit, retain and cultivate a diverse workforce that mirrors those they... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity, nurses, workforce

Equity of Care and Diversity are a Priority

By Rick Pollack
June 24, 2016

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management this week released findings from its biennial survey “Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmarking Study of U.S. Hospitals.” While there’s been some progress, the simple fact is there hasn’t been enough in some key areas. The survey shows that almost every hospital collects demographic data on race, ethnicity, primary language and gender, but less than half are using that data to improve quality. It also shows that about 80 percent of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: diversity, equity

Sign the Pledge!

By Rick Pollack
March 18, 2016

Hospitals across America are working hard to advance quality and improve care for every patient. Understanding why different patient populations in a community may experience different results is a critical piece of the effort. And that’s at the core of our #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. Equitable care for all patients is both the right thing to do and central to hospitals’ ongoing quality improvement work and part of a business... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, diversity, equity, workforce

Accelerating Equity

By Rick Pollack
September 18, 2015

Every patient expects and deserves the highest level of care. To successfully provide that care, and to improve the community’s overall health, hospitals must act to respond to our nation’s demographic shift. That’s why more than 700 hospitals have already signed onto the AHA’s #123for Equity Pledge to Act Campaign to eliminate health care disparities. They’ve agreed to take specific actions over the next 12 months to increase the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: quality care, diversity, equity, access, workforce

Hospitals Take Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities

By Rick Pollack
September 15, 2015

To meet the changing needs of their communities, hospitals and health systems are working hard to make sure that every individual receives the highest quality of care. To achieve that goal as our nation becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative that we redouble our efforts to identify and eliminate disparities in care.

That’s why the AHA has launched the #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign.The campaign builds on the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, diversity, equity, leadership, workforce

Shining Light on Equity

By Rich Umbdenstock
July 2, 2015

Each time we shine, we light the way for others. The annual AHA Equity of Care Award recognizes hospitals and care systems whose efforts to eliminate disparities in care provide shining examples for our field. Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., will receive this year’s award at the Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit in San Francisco July 24. Also to be honored are AnMed Health, Anderson, S.C., and Rush University... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: diversity, equity

National Minority Health Month

By Rich Umbdenstock
April 3, 2015

What progress is your hospital making in equity in care? April is a good time to ask because it’s National Minority Health Month,dedicated to raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. Five years ago, the AHA joined several other national organizations in launching a Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. We recommend that hospitals, in particular, focus their efforts on greatly increasing three things: collection and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, diversity, equity, access, governance, leadership

Expediting Equity

By Rich Umbdenstock
February 13, 2015

“A society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.”  That is the AHA's and every hospital’s vision, but to get there we must make faster progress in addressing the health disparities that exist in many of the populations we serve. To support your efforts to improve quality and health care equity in your communities, we are pleased to release Equity of Care: A Toolkit for Eliminating Health Care Disparities. It’s a user-friendly... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, socioeconomic status, population health, diversity, equity
 

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