Diversity & Disparities

April 2015 Diversity and Disparities Update

IFD 2016 National Leadership Conference
Hospitals and health systems strive to make sure that every individual achieves the highest level of health. However, to truly achieve that goal as our nation becomes increasingly diverse, we must accelerate progress toward eliminating disparities in care to ensure that equitable care is delivered to all patients in every community. That's why the theme for the 2016 National Leadership and Education Conference is "Accelerating Health Equity Through Diversity and Inclusion." The 2016 conference, which takes place June 21–22 in Philadelphia, is designed to provide strategies and tools for hospital leaders to accelerate their efforts to eliminate disparities in care and inequities in health for their patients and communities. Get the latest conference details and register today.

Webinar: A Focus on Health Equity and Coverage
The Institute for Diversity in Health Management in collaboration with the AHA's Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence, Equity of Care and Hospital Engagement Network 2.0, will host a webinar focused on health equity and coverage. Cara James will discuss CMS's "From Coverage to Care" initiative, which is designed to help Americans understand health coverage options and make the most of primary care and preventive services available to them. The webinar is on April 28, 2016 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. ET.  For more information and to register, go to http://www.hpoe.org/resources/hpoe-live-webinars/2826

April Diversity Dialogue
The title of the Institute for Diversity's April Diversity Dialogue is "A Journey Toward Equity: Tales of the Wild West." Equity is inherent in the nature of health care supported with the desire to do the right thing and good by all served. But the truth is, inequity is blind. It is subtle. It is unintentional. No one wants to believe their health system delivers care with inequities. While the journey towards equity can be daunting, even paralyzing, starting the journey towards equity doesn't mean investing high dollars. It does, however, require investing in and understanding the true value of using a disparity and equity lens when viewing quality issues in health care. This session uses a case study method to share one health system's journey from equity blind to equity perceptive and will take place April 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. PT, noon to 1 p.m. CT, 1 to 2 p.m. ET. Registration is available at: http://www.diversityconnection.org/diversityconnection/audio-conferences/Diversity-Dialogues.jsp

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum
The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital will host the 2016 Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum Sept. 29 - 30 at the Seaport Boston Hotel. The Forum will provide essential strategies to improve quality, achieve equity and deliver high-value health care to diverse populations. Leaders from multiple disciplines and health care organizations who work in the areas of quality and safety; disparities, diversity and equity; health policy; and health care design and delivery, as well as anyone interested in these fields, will find the Forum to be a unique and worthwhile experience. For more information please visit the Forum webpage.

Office of Minority Health: Chartbook on Health Care for Blacks 
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the Black Health Care Chartbook as part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). The chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of black/African American health care from the QDR. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations. Download the chartbook.

CMS Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries
This Guide was developed in collaboration with the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. It is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare, and is designed to assist hospital leaders and stakeholders focused on quality, safety and care redesign in identifying root causes and solutions for preventing avoidable readmissions among racially and ethnically diverse Medicare beneficiaries. Access the guide

CMS Interactive Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool
The CMS Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) released a new interactive map to increase understanding of geographic disparities in chronic disease among Medicare beneficiaries. The Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool identifies disparities in health outcomes, utilization, and spending by race and ethnicity and geographic location. View the map.

CDC: Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities Selected CDC-Sponsored Interventions, United States 2016
Reducing health disparities is a major goal of public health. Despite the persistence of disparities, progress is being made. Since 2011, The Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities report has highlighted effective public health programs that have demonstrably reduced disparities. This report describes interventions that have demonstrated effectiveness or showed promise for decreasing health disparities. Access the report.

America's Health Rankings Spotlight Report
The America's Health Rankings Spotlight Prevention report was released in partnership with the American College of Preventive Medicine. This report takes an in-depth look at the status of clinical disease prevention across the country and the inequities within subpopulations. The objective of the report is to drive awareness and understanding about the roles of key clinical preventive services and interventions, access to health care, immunizations and chronic disease prevention in improving the health of individuals and our communities. Access the report

Diabetes in the U.S.: Trends in Rates, Outcomes, Spending, Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker
A comprehensive collection of chart data that measures how diabetes care in the U.S. has changed over time among groups of people has been put together by The Peterson Center on Health Care and the Kaiser Family Foundation. View this collection of charts

Kaiser Family Foundation: Profile of Medicare Beneficiaries by Race and Ethnicity: A Chartpack
This chartpack draws on data and analysis from a variety of sources to profile the Medicare population through the lens of race and ethnicity, describing life expectancy, demographic characteristics, income and savings, health status and chronic conditions, supplemental coverage, selected measures of access to care and service utilization. Access the chartpack.

Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief: Medicaid and American Indians and Alaska Natives
This brief provides an overview of the health needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives, discusses the role of Medicaid and the potential impact of the Medicaid expansion for this population, and summarizes new guidance from the CMS that expands the scope of Medicaid services provided to American Indians and Alaska Natives that may qualify for 100 percent federal match. Access the brief

Reminder: Theological and Spiritual Resources
Looking for theological or spiritual resources on health equity? CHA's website has a wonderful video presentation on the theological and moral background to the ministry's work in health disparities. You can also find a prayer service and reflection video on the theme of health disparities. They all can be found here: https://www.chausa.org/disparities/cha-commitment.

The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital: Going Beyond REaL Data Collection: Collecting Social Determinants of Health
Recording and slides from this webinar held on Feb. 23, 2016, are now available. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., MD, MAS, director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital, discussed the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "Capturing Social and Behavior Health Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records" and its recommendations. Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, deputy director of the Disparities Solutions Center, discussed the implementation of collection data on social determinants of health and what we are seeing in the field. Download the slides and watch the presentation.

IOM Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States
The IOM's Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States was established to assist The Robert Wood Foundation's Culture of Health Initiative in delineating causes of and solutions to health inequities in the United States. The committee has held two public meetings with presentations on topics related to health disparities and community programs designed to achieve health equity.
View the agenda, speaker slides, video recordings and biographies from the meeting.
View the March 7 meeting materials

IOM Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity: A Workshop
There are several areas of public health where the evidence for improving the underlying factors that shape poor health outcomes of vulnerable populations is robust, but is not effectively communicated and translated to inform the public and decision makers at various levels of government and in the private sector. This workshop by the IOM's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement explored different strategies for framing the dialogue on equity and inequity among racial and ethnic groups to advance population health equity. View the agenda and the workshop

For recent news articles please visit our website: www.chausa.org/disparities/overview

Share Your Success!
CHA is collecting stories about members' programs to address health disparities and to increase workforce and leadership diversity. If your system or facility has best practice or example to share, please contact Kim Van Oosten, communications director, at (314) 253-3474 or kvanoosten@chausa.org.