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National Minority Health Month Put Focus on Health Disparities

April 19, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. Seventy-two Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are among the 1,500 across the nation that have pledged to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable, and safe care through the American Hospital Association (AHA) #123forEquity Campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

The program, supported by HAP, builds on the efforts of the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities––a joint effort of the AHA, American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, and America’s Essential Hospitals.

Hospital and health system leaders are urged to accelerate progress on the following areas:

  • Increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity, language preference and other socio-demographic data
  • Increasing cultural competency training
  • Increasing diversity in leadership and governance

The #123forEquity Campaign has a number of resources available online, such as case studies and recent research. In addition, there number of activities are being held as a part of National Minority Health Month, including the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Twitter chat on April 25 from 2–3 p.m. on the topic, “Understanding Social and Environmental Determinants to Bridge Health Equity.” (#HealthEquityChat).

If your hospital or health system has not yet made this commitment, please consider making the pledge.

For more information on the #123forEquity Campaign, contact, Paula Bussard, HAP’s chief strategy officer.

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