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Chairman's File: Equity of Care is a Cause We All Share

November 7, 2017

By Gene Woods

It was two years ago that we launched the #123forEquity Pledge Campaign. And I couldn't be more appreciative of our field’s enthusiastic response, as 50 state hospital associations and nearly 1,500 hospitals have taken the pledge so far. This is a sign of our renewed commitment as leaders, in this esteemed profession, to eliminate disparities so that everyone, of every background, has access to the care they need and can reach their highest potential for health.

As... read more

Tag: equity

Leading the way on equitable care

By AHA STAT Staff
July 7, 2017

Communities are only as strong as the health of their people. The AHA’s work to achieve health equity is central to our vision of a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

The AHA recently recognized hospitals and health systems that are leaders in advancing health equity: the 2017 AHA Equity of Care Award winners.

Their outstanding efforts to end health care disparities and promote diversity offer a model for others in the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, equity, access, awards, members

Ensuring Quality Care for All Patients

April 19, 2017

By Gene Woods

April is National Minority Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities that continue to affect minority populations–and to accelerating health care equity. Nearly 1,500 hospitals and health systems are participating in the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

MaineGeneral Health in Augusta is among those health care organizations, working to ensure every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, equity, leadership

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

Join the AHA, IFD in celebrating National Minority Health Month

April 3, 2017

How much progress is your hospital making toward ensuring equitable care for all persons in every community served? 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.

Increasing awareness is critical to catalyzing action, and action is at the heart of the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. Nearly 1,500 hospitals and health... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, equity, access, leadership

Black History Month and health equity

By AHA STAT Staff
February 24, 2017

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is the perfect time to ask, “What progress is your hospital making in equity of care? What progress are you making in support of the idea that a person’s fate in life should not be predetermined by the color of their skin?” 

The AHA’s #123forEquity campaign is critically important to the effort to end health care disparities and advance... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity, access

Equity and Diversity in Health Care in 2017

By Rick Pollack
January 13, 2017

This Monday, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a day in honor of a man who roused the conscience of a nation. When Dr. King preached his message of peace years ago, segregation was common in our country. Some segregated hospitals outright refused to admit African-American individuals. Five decades later, our country continues strengthening the moral compass Martin Luther King Jr. provided—discrimination is outlawed and racism has no place in American life, including... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: equity

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

AHA Annual Meeting Recap

May 4, 2016

Read complete coverage of the AHA Annual meeting, including news from top AHA leaders, federal lawmakers, government officials and more. 

Experts air proposals to rein in rising prescription drug prices

 A panel of health care pharmaceutical experts offered a range of approaches to help rein in what all agreed is an unsustainable increase in prescription drug prices. Read more.

 Health plan consolidation raises serious concerns 

The two major proposed mergers in the health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, equity, leadership

Urban League CEO commends hospitals for leadership on health equity

May 2, 2016

Marc MorialEliminating disparities in care is the “next frontier” in the transformation of America’s health care, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial today told AHA members, commending the association “for developing concrete steps to guide each and every one of you in the work you do in our communities.” He said social determinants of health – such as educational and job opportunities, exposure to crime and violence, and poverty – affect health outcomes and the health care... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity
 

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