April 2019 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.


Webinar — Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps 101
April 23, 2019
3 – 4 p.m. ET

Following the March release of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's county health rankings data, the RWJF has put together a webinar to show communities how they can use the data to improve health outcomes and close the health gap in disparities. Learn how you can start putting effective strategies in place to achieve better health outcomes in your community by attending this webinar. Click here for additional information.

Webinar Series — Institute for Healthcare Improvement:
The Journey toward Population Health and Health Equity
April 24, 2019
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Pathways to Population Health Management is the second episode in the series The Journey toward Population Health and Health Equity. This webinar will analyze the Pathways to Population Health framework, tools and other resources to develop an action plan for your organization. In this six-part series, experts discuss best practices for community-based organizations to develop and implement strategic equity tools for greater population health management. Upcoming episodes in this series include:

  • Leveraging Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) Principles in Primary Care: May , 11 a.m. ET
  • Best Practices in Community Health Worker Integration: May 22, 11 a.m. ET
  • Advanced Preventative Care (A Population Health Management Intervention for Higher-Risk Patients): June 5, 11 a.m. ET
  • Over the Rainbow: Lessons from Kansas: June 19, 11 a.m. ET
Click here for meeting materials and registration.

Institute for Diversity April Diversity Dialogue:
Developing Welcoming Environments – LGBTQ Inclusive Care
April 24, 2019
1 – 2 p.m. ET

Health disparities continue to be a challenge for all health systems. The Institute's April Diversity Dialogue will feature experts from Main Line Health to identify strategies to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients to improve access and quality of care in hospital and clinical settings. Learn more and register.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine — Investing in Interventions that Address Non-Medical Health-Related Social Needs: A Workshop
April 26, 2019

Featuring leading health experts, this one-day webcast explores non-medical health-related social needs to further understanding of the social aspect of health care and promote greater population health outcomes, reduction in health care costs and a higher return on investment on evidence-based practices. Learn more and register.

NIH: Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshop:
Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services
June 19 - 20, 2019
Bethesda, Md.
Seven out of ten Americans are diagnosed with chronic conditions that can be prevented or delayed through preventive health care services such as early screenings, counseling and medication. Disparities in care affect the efficacy of treatment modalities for minority, disadvantaged and rural populations. This two-day workshop will uncover evidence-based strategies to overcome disparities in administering preventive services to various population groups. Learn more and register.

Center for Healthcare Innovation: Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity Symposium
June 26, 2019
The 9th annual Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity Symposium brings together leading health care professionals, executives, physicians, patient groups, patients, researchers, academics, clinical trial professionals and diversity and inclusion advocates to discuss health equity in the life sciences and the health sectors. The symposium focuses on the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in both the marketplace and workplace, with a specific focus on how to best serve an increasingly diverse patient base and to address the broader health disparity challenges in the U.S. Learn more and register.

Summer Enrichment Program: Institute for Diversity and Health Equity
Are you looking for exceptional graduate student interns for Summer 2019? The Institute for Diversity is still seeking host sites for the 2019 Summer Enrichment Program. The program places diverse graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in health care administration or a related field in 10-week paid internships at health care organizations. Experienced administrators serve as mentors, providing support and career advice as well as those critical early-career connections. To learn more about the program or to apply, click here or contact Jasmin Clark at jclark@aha.org.


April is National Minority Health Month
April is National Minority Health Month. The HHS Office of Minority Health's (OMH) theme this year focuses on reducing health disparities and improving the health status of minority populations while maintaining a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise. Throughout the month, OMH will post informative articles on improving health and wellness. Learn more.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognizes the culture and contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders to the United States. OMH will update their website with resources all month long to raise awareness of health disparities and the challenges and opportunities to improve the quality of health care among Asian and Pacific Islander populations. Learn more.

2020 Census
The U.S. Constitution requires a complete count of the nation's population every 10 years. The 2020 Census will kick off next spring. The goal is to count every person living the in the United States. Getting an accurate count is crucial because the data directly affect health and health care in the U.S. How much federal funding a state receives for Medicaid and CHIP is based on the size of its population according to the census — an undercount in your state means less funding for health care coverage. The Census provides the basis for accurate data on demographics, including racial and ethnic groups and on social determinants of health such as income and housing. Certain populations in particular are hard to count, including young children, people who are homeless, rural residents, racial/ethnic minorities and undocumented immigrants. To learn how you and your facility can help make sure there is an accurate count in your community, go to https://www.census.gov/partners.html.

Families USA Webinar: Accelerating Health Equity by Measuring and Paying for Results
On April 3, Families USA hosted a webinar highlighting ways to measure health equity to reduce health disparities at the state and federal levels. Focusing on actionable results through quality measurement allows the health delivery system to more effectively serve populations by overcoming barriers to care such as social, economic, and environmental situations. View the archived webinar and learn more.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Webinar: Reimagined In America: What Can the World Teach Us About Building a Culture of Health?
Reimagined in America is a series of webinars by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation exploring innovative practices to improve health and well-being around the globe and to inspire and imagine new levels of community health engagement in the U.S.

Episode 1: Transforming Health Care
Episode 2: Connecting Youth
Episode 3: Building Inclusive Healthy Places
Episode 4: How Can Data Help Build Community Leaders?

To receive information on future episodes and to view archived webinars, visit https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/collections/reimagined-in-america-webinar.html

CMS: New Enhancements Added to the Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of Minority Health has published a new tool to track and analyze health outcomes, spending and utilization rates in rural and urban hospital settings. New improvements to the tool now allow users to see and filter over 50 hospital quality performance metrics. To view the map of your area, visit https://data.cms.gov/mapping-medicare-disparities.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Changes in Health Coverage by Race and Ethnicity since Implementation of the ACA, 2013-2017
Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, changes and improvements in coverage have allowed greater access to care for vulnerable and underserved populations. In this recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, data collected between 2013 and 2017 reveal the challenges and opportunities that still exist in the delivery system in both expansion and non-expansion states. Learn more.

CHA: Healing the Multitudes: Catholic Health Care's Commitment to Community Health
The Catholic health ministry is called to give special attention to our neighbors who are economically poor and to work for the common good. Improving the well-being of communities begins with an examination of the social determinants of health in order to determine and overcome the socioeconomic drivers of poor health. This guide explains why the Catholic health ministry is called to take a leadership role in addressing the social determinants of health and outlines the key components of a comprehensive strategy that organizations need to consider when undertaking this work. Those in mission, population health, community benefit, clinical care, and strategic planning will find it a useful resource. Access the guide and related resources.

CHA Health Progress: Social Determinants of Health
Health Progress will be exploring the social determinants of health over several issues. The March-April 2019 issue focuses on the basic needs of food and water, and how Catholic health care is carrying out the mission to feed and tend. The same issue includes a Health Equity column on responding to racism and an article on accessibility and quality of care for patients with disabilities.

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