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Health equity exists when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible regardless of race, gender, geography or social economic status. Hospitals can play a unique role in population health by incorporating equity standards into their strategic improvement goals. Please note: on some web browsers, document links may automatically download to your computer rather than open up on your screen.

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Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase these skills.
Web link    Date Added: 12/21/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 20 2020 6:39PM  
The Conservation: Between Us, About Us
Part of a campaign from the Kaiser Family Foundation's Greater than COVID and the Black Coalition Against COVID, this video is designed to dispel misinformation and provide accessible facts about the vaccine from Black health care workers.
Web link    Date Added: 04/29/2021    Date Last Modified: Apr 29 2021 12:23PM  
CDC Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication
This information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes the importance of addressing people inclusively and respectfully. The principles are intended to help public health professionals ensure their communication adapts to the specific cultural, linguistic, environmental, and historical situation of each population or audience of focus.
Web link    Date Added: 10/22/2021    Date Last Modified: Oct 22 2021 10:52AM  
Building an Organizational Response to Health Disparities
Learn how to identify, prioritize and take action on health disparities in your organization with this resource guide from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/10/2021    Date Last Modified: Nov 10 2021 3:06PM  
Achieving Health Equity Online Course
Is your health care organization or facility reexamining its health equity initiatives? This two-hour online course from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Learning Network presents education on how to identify and eliminate health disparities in organizations and facilities. Health equity improves the quality of health care for individuals and families and aligns your organization's or facility's efforts with CMS strategic goals.
Web link    Date Added: 10/03/2021    Date Last Modified: Sep 29 2021 10:59AM  
Toolkit Addresses Cultural Humility Training
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color, renewing a focus on health equity. The latest toolkit developed by the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity and Health Equity provides evidence-based practices that support cultural humility along with implicit bias training and education as part of its Health Equity Resources Series.
Web link    Date Added: 05/23/2021    Date Last Modified: May 24 2021 6:59PM  
Societal Factors that Influence Health: A Framework for Hospitals
This American Hospital Association fact sheet is designed to guide hospitals’ strategies in addressing the social needs of their patients, social determinants of health in their communities and the systemic causes that lead to health inequities.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/20/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 20 2020 7:28PM  
Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights effective public health programs for addressing health disparities among specified groups in this 2016 report.
Web link    Date Added: 12/11/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 11 2020 4:23PM  
National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
The annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report assesses the performance of the country's health care system using more than 250 outcome measures across a broad array of settings and services.
Web link    Date Added: 12/11/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 11 2020 4:24PM  
Rural Health Research RECAP: Rural Ethnic/Racial Disparities: Adverse Health Outcomes
This report explores the racial and ethnic disparities in rural health outcomes, highlighting rates of premature mortality and disability status of Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/20/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 20 2020 7:37PM  
Rural Health Research RECAP: Rural Ethnic/Racial Disparities: Social and Systemic Inequities
A report highlighting the racial and ethnic disparities related to social determinants of health, specifically rates of poverty, broadband access, education and insurance of Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Asian American and Pacific Islander populations in rural and urban areas.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/20/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 20 2020 7:43PM  
Rural Health Clinic
Download this manual from the Medicare Learning Network to learn about payment, visit and service changes that went into effect Jan. 1, 2022, for rural health clinics. There are also specific updates related to hospice visits, transitional care management, COVID-19 monoclonal antibody products and mental health care telehealth visits.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/20/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 20 2022 2:22PM  
Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined factors that may contribute to an increased risk for catching COVID-19 in certain racial or minority groups.
Web link    Date Added: 12/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 14 2020 8:03AM  
How COVID-19 and the flu are shedding light on inequities in Black and underserved communities
This podcast highlights health inequities in Black and underserved communities through the lens of the COVID-19 public health emergency and this year’s flu season, featuring Elisa Arespacochaga of the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and Andrea Custis of the Urban League of Philadelphia.
Podcast    Date Added: 12/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2020 8:53PM  
A Systems Approach to Addressing Covid-19 Health Inequities
The development of a dashboard to track racial, ethnic, and language metrics related to patients with coronavirus within the community the health care organization is essential for discovering, addressing and resolving health disparities.
Unknown item type    Date Added: 12/18/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 18 2020 5:54PM  
Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Measures for Hospitals and Health System Dashboards
Helpful measures and tools to assist organizations in identifying the right equity metrics to measure and track progress toward health equity and inclusion.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/20/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 20 2020 7:07PM  
Health Equity Snapshot: A Toolkit for Action
This report from the American Hospital Association provides information and resources for hospitals striving to address the social determinants of health and achieve health equity and diversity.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/20/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 20 2020 7:20PM  
Minority Health Videos About Vaccine Safety
The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity has released two videos that speak to the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, how communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and how it is important to get vaccinated to protect themselves and loved ones from the virus. The videos are available in English and Spanish.
Video    Date Added: 02/26/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:30PM