July 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.


Workshop: Applying Neurobiological and Socio-behavioral Sciences from Prenatal through Early Childhood
Aug. 6, 2018
The National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Applying Neurobiological and Socio-behavioral Sciences from Prenatal through Early Childhood Development: A Health Equity Approach, will host a workshop at the Keck Center of the National Academies. The workshop will feature speakers who will address components of the committee's statement of task. This event is free, open to the public and will be webcast. An agenda will be available closer to the event date. » Register here

Webinar: Diversifying the Health Workforce for an Equitable Future
Aug. 16, 2018
4 – 5 p.m. ET
The National Hispanic Medical Association and the Office of Minority Health's National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities will host a webinar highlighting strategies to diversify the health workforce to create a more equitable future for all. Currently, the nation's health workforce does not reflect our diversity. A diverse health workforce — made up of individuals with a wide range of characteristics and experiences, including different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions and sexual orientations — serves as a strategy for addressing racial and ethnic health disparities. Increasing the diversity of the health workforce can help to improve access to care in underserved communities; increase patient choice, satisfaction and health outcomes; and enhance healthcare quality for vulnerable populations. Presenters will share their experiences, recommendations and tools for increasing the diversity of the health workforce to meet the needs of communities of color, thereby allowing for a more positive and equitable future.
» View more information and register

Root Cause Coalition: Third Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
Oct. 7 – 9, 2018
The Root Cause Coalition, a non-profit member organization established to collectively address the social determinants of health, will host its Third Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health on Oct. 7-9, 2018 in New Orleans. The robust agenda will bring together representatives from health care, the non-profit sector, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, government leaders, educators and businesses to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and engage in the crucial discussion of how to best address the social determinants of health.
» View more more information and register

National Association of Health Services Executives: 50th Anniversary Commemoration Conference
Oct. 10 – 12, 2018
The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) will host their 50th Anniversary Commemoration honoring 50 years of ensuring greater participation of minority groups in the health field by promoting the advancement and development of Black health care leaders and elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities. The conference will be held on Oct. 10-12, 2018, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Fla. This year's theme is, A Certain Mission in Uncertain Times: Advancing Healthcare as a Civil Rights Issue. This is their 33rd Annual Educational Conference and the 23rd Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition.
» View more information on how to register

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity: Fall Enrichment Program
The Institute for Diversity in Health Management is currently seeking proactive health care organizations to host recent MPH/MHA/MBA graduates in the Fall Enrichment Program (FEP). This 20-week paid internship opportunity connects health care host sites with qualified, diverse and academically strong individuals who have earned an advanced degree within the last two years for an immersive, onsite experience with their health care organization. Participating in the FEP program sends a powerful message that your organization is committed to diversity and equality and gives the students the jumpstart they need to begin their health care careers. The FEP program runs from Oct. 1, 2018 through Feb. 15, 2019. For more information visit the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity website or contact Jasmin Clark, membership and education specialist, at (312) 422-2658 or jclark@aha.org

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity: Certificate in Diversity Management in Healthcare (CDM)
A health care organization with a robust diversity strategy can impact the overall health of their local community positively by helping to eliminate health disparities and reduce the cost of care. The Institute for Diversity offers the Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care (CDM) to build effective, diverse leaders who can help drive those results. The CDM fellowship is a twelve-month blended curriculum that seeks to strengthen diversity leaders to improve the patient experience by providing skill and leadership development to practitioners currently in the field of health care diversity management.
» Learn more and apply

2019 Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship Program
Leaders for Health Equity is a one-year, non-residential fellowship program offered by George Washington University that aims to develop leaders who understand the foundations of health inequity and have the knowledge, skills and courage to build more equitable health systems and organizations. The program blends in-person and on-line learning to build comprehensive knowledge of national and international health disparities. Eligible candidates have until Aug. 1, 2018, to apply. https://equityfellowship.gwhwi.org/


Webinar: The HOPE Initiative Launch Webinar
The National Collaborative for Health Equity conducted a webinar on July 26, 2017, to launch the Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Initiative, a new resource that provides data on health, opportunity and equity for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. HOPE focuses on opportunities and assets, with a positive message about ways to close the gap and achieve the best outcomes possible in the United States. To learn more about this fresh take on addressing health disparities and view a recording of the webinar please visit the HOPE website.

National Academy of Medicine: Lessons Learned from Immunization Providers-Strategies for Successful Immunization Efforts among Medicare Patients
Despite efforts to increase rates of immunization among Medicare patients, especially racial and ethnic minorities, these rates remain well below Healthy People 2020 targets. It is not difficult to conclude that we need to learn more about how and why people choose to receive or not receive immunizations. In 2017, the Roundtable on Health Literacy at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine commissioned a project taking a qualitative approach to this complex issue.
» Read more

Blog: National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA): Addressing Oral Health Disparities in Urban Settings: Applying the NPA framework to Advance Access to Oral Health Care
Oral health impacts our self-esteem, school and work performance and overall wellbeing. Oral diseases are linked with chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. Despite major improvements in oral health for the population disparities persist.
» Read the blog post

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Among Diverse Groups of Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries
Medicare beneficiaries who are racial and ethnic minorities face persistent health disparities in numerous patient-reported outcomes that have long been used as quality indicators, from experiences with care to functional health status. As racial and ethnic minorities become a greater proportion of the U.S. populations, the importance of addressing these disparities in the Medicare population will only continue to grow. This data highlight presents findings using pooled data to examine both the physical and mental health outcomes of the beneficiaries from many Asians, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI).
» Read more and download the data highlight

National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA): Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources
The National Partnership for Action's Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources is a free resource of publicly available data relevant to research and programs aiming to reduce health disparities. The Compendium compiles in one place descriptions of and links to 132 public datasets and resources from agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services including information about health conditions and other factors that affect the health of minority populations. The Compendium includes data and data-related resources from various federal agencies within HHS.
» Access the Compendium

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity Career Center
Health care organizations must be able attract, retain and nurture diverse talent that can transform their organizations into culturally competent institutions that will survive and thrive well into the future. The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity's Career Center offers an online searchable database, which health care employers can use to access the resumes of thousands of diverse candidates. For more information about the Career Center and to access the online database, click here.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Resources
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) observes National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July to help raise awareness about mental illness and its effects on racial and ethnic minority populations. The OMH website has resources on the importance of improving access to mental health care and treatment and breaking down other barriers such as negative perceptions about mental illness.
» Visit the OMH website


NIH Grant: Improving the Reach and Quality of Cancer Care in Rural Populations
The National Institute for Health will be accepting grant applications for a program focused on reducing the burden of cancer and improving the quality of cancer care in rural areas among low-income and/or underserved populations. Applicants are encouraged to focus on the role of social determinants of health, barriers to care, and treatment; and research on interventions that address quality of care related to cancer diagnosis, treatment and/or survivorship. Applications will be accepted from Aug. 19, 2018 through Sept. 19, 2018.
» View grant opportunity


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