Main Line Health to Participate in National Pursuing Equity Initiative
April 10, 2017
Main Line Health has agreed to participate in a two-year initiative led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) aimed at “reducing inequities in health and health care access, treatment and outcomes by implementing strategies to create and sustain equitable health systems."
Nine health care organizations, including Main Line Health, will participate in the IHI’s Pursuing Equity initiative. The initiative will address institutional racism and identify ways health care organizations can impact equity in areas like employee wellness and social determinants of health, as well as reducing clinical disparities at the point of care.
The IHI believes hospitals play a critical role in this effort as employers and partners in a community. One of Main Line Health’s strategic priorities is to identify and mitigate disparities in care. Main Line Health’s President and CEO, Jack Lynch, has been a long-standing advocate of improving care through the elimination of health inequities. The system launched a Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion (DR&I) initiative during January of 2013. The goal is to create awareness for physicians and employees through learning experiences on the significance of unconscious bias and how this bias could unintentionally create barriers to equitable care for all patients as well as to an inclusive work environment.
An IHI White Paper, Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations, identified health equity as one of five key areas of work. The nine organizations taking part in Pursuing Equity will build on foundational work in their health systems, including promising programs to reduce clinical disparities; the ability to track equity in process and outcomes data; and a high level of quality improvement knowledge and capability.
HAP is proud to acknowledge that 72 Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems have signed the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) #123forEquity pledge, to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable, and safe care. These organizations represent nearly 50 percent of Pennsylvania’s general acute care hospitals, and includes many of the state’s larger health systems.
If your hospital or health system has not yet made this commitment, please consider making the pledge.