July 2017 Diversity and Disparities Update

Diversity and Health Disparities Update

We would like to share with you recent resources, interesting programs and upcoming events on the topics of health care diversity and health disparities.


Institute for Diversity Fall Enrichment Program
The Institute for Diversity in Health Management is currently seeking proactive health care organizations and recent MPH/MHA/MBA graduates to join the 2017 Fall Enrichment Program (FEP). This 20-week paid internship opportunity connects host sites with qualified internship candidates for an immersive onsite experience and sends a powerful message that your organization is committed to diversity and equality at the same time that it gives the students the jumpstart they need to begin their healthcare careers. Participating students are available for immediate, full-time placement in appropriate, open positions. Click here to learn more about the program or to apply, or contact Jasmin Clark, membership, and education specialist, at (312) 422-2658 or ifdsep@aha.org.

July Diversity Dialogue
The title of the Institute for Diversity's July Diversity Dialogue is "Addressing Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion" and will take place Tuesday, July 25, 2017, noon–1:30 p.m. CST. Health disparities experienced by our minority communities, as well those who are poor and underserved, continue to be a challenge for all health systems. The Dialogue will examine the interrelationships between diversity and inclusion, culturally competent care, community partnerships and population health strategies as well as discuss metrics and incentives to help promote a culture of health equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more and register.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Achieving Health Equity
As significant health inequities persist across the U.S., health care systems have an important role to play in achieving health equity. Health care organizations alone do not have the power to improve 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 take a variety of actions that impact health of communities beyond the point of care. Beginning October 10, 2017, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement will offer a six session virtual training course titled "Achieving Health Equity." This virtual training course will help participants identify whether structures are in place that support equity work, prioritize a strategic plan, and collect, stratify, and analyze data with an equity lens. Learn more and register.


Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/Office of Minority Health: Health Disparities Tool
Health professionals must recognize the impact that social determinants have on health outcomes of specific populations and be aware of the disparities they create. To better meet this need the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion partnered with the Office of Minority Health to expand DATA 2020, the HealthyPeople.gov search function, to include a tool that shows health disparities information for measurable, population based objectives where data are available. The "Health Disparities Tool" can be used to view health disparities by specific demographic group, navigate and visualize disparities data and view changes in those disparities over time, compare data points for each population group, as well as the range of estimates between groups. View tool.

The Robert Wood Foundation: What is Health Equity? And What Difference Does a Definition Make?
RWJF released a new report titled "What is Health Equity? And What Difference Does a Definition Make?" The report defines health equity and identifies crucial elements to guide effective action to reduce disparities in health status and also give alternative definitions of health equity for different audiences that may have varying backgrounds and perspectives, and examples of specific terms that often arise in discussions around the concept, and identifies four key steps to achieving health equity. Download report.

Health Affairs June Issues: Pursuing Health Equity
Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in domestic and international spheres. June's issue examines health equity from both perspectives: equity in care, and the relationship between social factors and health equity. Read more.

The Lancet: America: Equity and Equality in Health
The Lancet is an independent, international weekly general medical journal and is committed to applying scientific knowledge to improve health and advance human progress. Recently "The Lancent" published five papers about US health and health care, which highlights how widening gaps of income inequality are driving increases in health inequity. Other contributory factors, including mass incarceration and structural racism, are evaluated, as is the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The Series warns of a 21st century health-poverty trap unless new interventions are implemented. Read the papers.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Office of Minority Health: New Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Language Preference in the Health Insurance Marketplaces 2017 Open Enrollment Period
On April 25, 2017, in recognition of Minority Health Month, CMS OMH released a data highlight that for the very first time examines Marketplace enrollment activity by racial and ethnic subgroups as well as spoken and written language preference. It provides information at the national level and state level for Marketplace consumers ages 18-64 in the 39 states utilizing the HealthCare.gov eligibility and enrollment platform during the 2017 Open Enrollment Period. Download the highlight.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Infographic
This infographic looks at health and health care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in the United States, including a look at their health status and access to care. View infographic or PowerPoint slides.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Workshop Proceedings: Health Communication with Immigrants, Refugees, and Migrant Workers and Protecting the Health and Well Being of Communities in a Changing Climate
The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine undertakes many different types of activities, all aimed at improving health. Each activity brings together experts and stakeholders who provide the nation with guidance on health-related issues. Proceedings chronicle the presentations and discussions at a workshop, symposium or other convening event. On March 15, 2017, the Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a workshop that focused mainly on the health communication with people from immigrant, refugee and migrant worker populations. Read the brief.

On March 13, 2017, the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences Research, and Medicine, and the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a one day workshop exploring the implications of climate change for population health and the potential mitigation and adaptation strategies for public health, environmental health, health care and other stakeholders. View the brief.


2017 Practical Playbook National Meeting: Improving Population Health Collaborative Strategies that Work
The Practical Playbook initiative is a private/public collaboration dedicated to bringing primary care and public health sectors together in ways that will yield substantial and lasting improvements in the health of individuals, communities, and populations. The second Practical Playbook National Meeting was held in Washington D.C. May 31 through June 2, 2017. The meeting agenda focused on understanding and leveraging current and emerging policy and funding trends, best practices for data collection and use, strategies for collaboration and implementation, building momentum in uncertain times, and taking local action to generate scalable results. View highlights, agenda, and meeting materials from the meeting.

Health Information Technology, Evaluation and Quality Center: US Department of Health and Human Services: Webinar Using Data for Population Health Management Social Determinants and Population Health
The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs. HRSA has created a searchable web based health IT knowledgebase called "Health Information Technology, Evaluation and Quality Center" that contains resources, toolkits, training, workshops and webinars on health IT topics. On May 9, 2017 HITEQ conducted a webinar titled "Using Data for Population Health Management: Social Determinates and Population Health." The objective of the webinar was to present real world examples of the successful use of social determinants data to implement population health management and improve quality. Listen to the archived recording and view PowerPoint slides.


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