October 2018 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 — October Diversity Dialogue: Health Equity, Disparities Resolution, and Workforce Experience
The Institute for Diversity's October Diversity Dialogue features Navicent executives who will present the business case for health disparities resolution and attainment of health equity. They will also describe how improvements in health equity can add value to the organization by improving demonstrable quality and reducing costs. Participants will learn how an organization can align efforts around strategic priorities to create healthy communities. Register for the webinar.

Webinar — Trust for America's Health: Creating Change through Leadership: Two Extraordinary Leaders, a Mother and Daughter's Experiences Promoting Racial Equity
Nov. 1, 2018
1:30 p.m. ET
On Nov. 1, Trust for America's Health will present Creating Change through Leadership: Two Extraordinary Leaders, a Mother and Daughter's Experiences Promoting Racial Equity, which is the final segment of a four-part web forum, titled, "Taking Action to Promote Health Equity — Using the Lessons from Cutting–Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being." This Dialougue4Health event features two nationally–recognized leaders discussing the connection between racism and health inequity and sharing insights about engaging all members of a community — including your own organization — in the common purpose of a just society with equitable opportunity. Learn more and register.

To view a recording of past segments of this webinar series, click here. They include:

  • Segment 1 – Lessons Learned from The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities Project
  • Segment 2 – Show Me the Money — Innovative Funding
  • Segment 3 – Breaking Out of the Box — Innovative Collaborations

Webcast — Health. Equity. Capital: Lessons Trends & Future Opportunities
Nov. 7: 1 – 5:15 p.m. ET
Nov. 8: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET
Invest Health brings together diverse leaders from mid-sized U.S. cities across the nation to develop new strategies for increasing and leveraging private and public investments to accelerate improvements in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health. On Nov. 7 and 8 they will host a live webcast, "Health. Equity. Capital: Lessons Trends & Future Opportunities," featuring national experts and local leaders who will discuss what they are doing to advance health and equity in their communities. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Richard Besser, president & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Sameera Fazili, senior CED adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Robin Hacke, executive director, Center for Community Investment
  • David Bowman, director community health, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Register and view the agenda.

November is National Native American Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month recognizes the histories, invaluable contributions and livelihood of American Indian and Alaska Native people in the United States. During this observance, the HHS office of Minority Health (OMH) helps to raise awareness of health disparities. Visit the webpage during the month of November for updates on downloadable materials and events in observance of Native American Heritage Month.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement: IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care
Dec. 9 – 12, 2018
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's "National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care," will take place Dec. 9 – 12, 2018, in Orlando. This year's agenda features a variety of sessions and tracks including the Equity track, which offers sessions on improving access, quality and health outcomes with communities that have been systematically marginalized based on characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion. View a full agenda and information on how to register.


Webinar Recording — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Improving Health Disparities in Rural Communities
From May to June 2018, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Research Centers together with the Association of the State and Territorial Officials hosted an Ask the Experts webinar series. In this recorded video, panelists discussed policy, systems and environmental change strategies for promoting public health in rural communities. View a video of this webinar.

Audio Recording — Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Lowering Readmissions, Reducing Disparities
As part of reducing avoidable readmissions, health care organizations are exploring how social determinants of health affect the frequency of rehospitalizations. On Oct. 25, 2018, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement broadcasted a discussion about evaluating and addressing these determinants to prevent readmissions. Listen to the recording.

National Academies of Sciences — Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health: Proceedings of a Workshop
A workshop held by the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity, Nov. 28, 2017, titled Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health, explored the complex interactions between immigration and health disparities. Topics of the workshop included discussing the history of immigration and the relationship of immigration status to economic and health policies, the ongoing importance of immigrant health outcomes in the United States and the role of immigration as a social determinant of health. Read the publication.

Institute for InterGroup Understanding News — Racism is the Toxin That Triggers Far Too Many Preterm Births in America: New Powerful Data Presented for California Births
Medical science has long known that stress for mothers increases the incidence of premature birth. This media commentary for the Institute for InterGroup Understanding confirms the article by Danyelle Solomon, who makes the argument that racism in our country is a key generator of stress, and racism-triggered stress needs to be understood to find a solution for premature birth problems. Learn more.

National Academy of Medicine: Stat! An Action Plan or Replacing the Broken System of Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine
This discussion paper by the National Academy of Medicine addresses the issue of underrepresented minorities in medicine and how innovative methods and tools are needed to address institutional barriers, build a sustainable pipeline of interested and qualified professionals and bolster the self-perception of underrepresented minority youth. Read the Discussion Paper.

National Institutes of Health: 2018 Research Conference on Sleep and the Health of Women
The National Institutes of Health hosted the 2018 Research Conference on Sleep and the Health of Women, Oct. 16 – 17, 2018, which showcased a decade of federally-funded research advances in understanding health risks, societal burden and treatment options associated with sleep deficiency and sleep disorders in women. Researchers and the public presented and discussed the state of the science regarding sleep and the health of women, the limitations to implement what is already known and the opportunities to translate scientific findings into practice and routine care. The discussion panels engaged public stakeholders to identify actionable new directions and areas in which research is needed. View Day 1 of the Conference. View Day 2 of the Conference.

Blog — National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: Tackling Health Disparities Among Latinos in the United States
This blog post from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, titledTackling Health Disparities Among Latinos in the United States, offers insight on why health disparities impact Latinos at such high rates and the ongoing research efforts to tackle these issues. Read the blog.

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