October 2016 Diversity and Disparities Update


Institute for Diversity Summer Enrichment Program
Looking for a bright, energetic graduate school student to take on a meaty project this summer? Check out the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). The SEP places promising diverse graduate students in a 10-week paid internship at your hospital or medical center. The SEP interns enjoy a real-world internship experience at your facility and you gain access to the health care leaders of tomorrow. Advancing diversity in workforce, leadership and governance is a critical component of our efforts to provide equitable, safer care for every individual in every community we serve. Participation in the SEP sends a powerful message that your hospital is committed to diversity and equality and gives the students the jumpstart that they need to begin their health care careers. Registration for hosting an SEP intern in 2017 begins Oct. 31. Institute staff will work with organizations to match SEP students with host sites beginning in February. Internships generally will take place from June through August. For more information about the SEP, visit www.diversityconnection.org/SEP or contact Jasmin Clark, institute membership and educational specialist, at jclark@aha.org or (312) 422-2658


Diversity Dialogues
Diversity Dialogues are one of the most popular programs offered by the Institute for Diversity in Health Management. Each month, a different nationally renowned speaker discusses a topic of pressing concern in health care. While enjoying the audio presentation, attendees log in via a computer and view a corresponding slideshow presentation. Below are the upcoming Dialogues:

November – The Journey Towards Cultural Awareness: Engaging Native American Communities

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
Time: Noon ET (11 a.m. CT; 10 a.m. MT; 9 a.m. PT)
Presenters: Paulette Davidson, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Health; and Sandra Ogunremi, Director, Native American Collaboration, Regional Health
» Register here

December – Learn more about Navicent Health, a 2016 Equity of Care honoree

Date: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
Time: 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT; Noon MT; 11 a.m. PT)
Presenter: Dr. Ninfa Saunders, Chief Executive Officer
» Register here

Hospitals in the Pursuit of Excellence Webinar; A Look Behind the Curtain: Health Care Reform and the Path to Equity
Please join HPOE and the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for a webinar Nov. 8, 2016, Noon - 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will discuss the back story of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shedding light on the creation and implementation of one of the most sweeping equalizers in the history of American health care. This webinar will review the health equity movement and how the health care reform law became the most inclusive law ever passed by Congress, not only in terms of content but in terms of process.
» Register online

Root Cause Coalition; First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
The Root Cause Coalition's First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health will be held on Dec. 5 - 6, 2016, at The Drake Hotel in Chicago. The core goal of this first summit — and of The Root Cause Coalition more broadly — is to more fully engage the health care industry in the discussion of social determinants of health, and ultimately, in the development and implementation of data-driven, community-centered solutions to prevent long-term chronic health conditions in the populations that we serve.
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The Center for Migration Studies; 2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) has a three-year Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) which seeks to study, document and support a growing network of diverse Catholic institutions that are working successfully to advance immigrant integration, empowerment and well-being. The CIII 2016 Conference, co-sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of San Diego and the University of San Diego, will be held Nov. 28-29, 2016, at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.
» Learn more about the conference and how to register


Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations
Health care has a significant role to play in achieving health equity. While health care organizations alone do not have the power to improve all of the multiple determinants of health for all of society, they do have the power to address disparities directly at the point of care, and to impact many of the determinants that create these disparities. This white paper provides guidance on how health care organizations can reduce health disparities related to racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.
» View the report

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Using Social Determinants of Health Data to Improve Health Care and Health: A Learning Report
Factors such as where we live, how much money we have, and our education level have been clearly linked to our health, well-being and how long we live. This learning report sheds new light on current and potential future uses of social determinants of health-related data to improve health and health care and promote a culture of health.
» Download the report

The National Academies of Sciences; Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop
The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement has released a summary of the "Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity" workshop proceedings held Feb. 4, 2016. Topics included increasing awareness about the role of historical contexts and dominant narratives in interpreting data and information about different racial and ethnic groups, framing messages for different social and political outcomes, and readying people to institutionalize practices, policies, and partnerships that advance racial and health equity.
» Read summary of the proceedings

The National Academies of Sciences; Strategies for Ensuring Diversity, Inclusion, and Meaningful Participation in Clinical Trials: Proceedings of a Workshop
Even as the U.S. population becomes steadily more diverse, minorities and women remain underrepresented in clinical trials to develop new drugs and medical devices. Although progress in increasing minority participation in clinical trials has occurred, participation rates do not fully represent the overall population of minorities in the United States. This underrepresentation threatens the health of both these populations and the general population, since greater minority representation could reveal factors that affect health in all populations. To examine the barriers to participation in clinical trials and ways of overcoming those barriers, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in April 2015. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
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Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief; Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers
Disparities in health and health care in the United States have been a longstanding challenge resulting in some groups receiving less and lower quality health care than others and experiencing poorer health outcomes. This brief provides an introductory overview of health and health care disparities, including what disparities are and why they matter, the status of disparities today, and key efforts to address disparities, including provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and their impact on health coverage disparities.
» Download issue brief

The Disparities Policy Project (Kaiser Family Foundation) Infographic; Health and Health Care for Hispanics in the United States
The Disparities Policy Project at the Kaiser Family Foundation conducts research and policy analysis to provide greater insight and understanding into health care disparities affecting underserved groups and strategies to promote equity in health care. The program addresses a broad range of dimensions of inequity, including, race and ethnicity, language, income, gender and location. This infographic looks at health and health care for Hispanics in the United States, including a look at their health status and access to care.
» View the infographic

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH); Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action to Create a 21st Century Public Health Infrastructure
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched an initiative to lay out a vision for a new model of public health. Public Health 3.0 emphasizes cross-sectoral environmental, policy, and systems-level actions that directly affect the social determinants of health and advance health equity. It represents a challenge to business leaders, community leaders, state lawmakers, and Federal policymakers to incorporate health into all areas of governance. In October 2016, OASH issued a white paper titled "Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action to Create a 21st Century Public Health Infrastructure."
» Read the report and learn more about the initiative


Institute for Healthcare Improvement; What is Health Equity, and Why Does it Matter
This video is the first of an eight part series discussion featuring David R. Williams, Ph.D., MPH, professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Don Berwick, MD, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Health Improvement, on what health equity is, why it matters and how providers can help create health equity.
» Access the video series

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