July 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.


CHA Webinar: Achieving Health Equity Through Increased Understanding, Sustainable Solutions and Collective Action
Aug. 7, 2019 | 1 - 2 p.m. ET
Join us for a webinar on Aug. 7 to learn about how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is working to eliminate health disparities and improve the health of all minority populations. Dr. Cara James, director of the CMS Office of Minority Health and co-chair of the CMS Rural Health Council, will describe CMS' three-pronged approach to achieving health equity through increased understanding, sustainable solutions, and collective action. A nationally recognized expert in health disparities, health equity and improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations, Dr. James will share various resources to help communities, patients and doctors better identify, understand and address health disparities. » Register here

SAMSHA Webinar — The Intersection of Cultural Competence, Trauma-Informed Care and Behavioral Health: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Urban Communities
Aug. 29, 2019 | 1:30 - 3 p.m. ET
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold a webinar on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and the impact of social determinants and cultural influences in urban communities. Emphasizing clinical and community-based models, the webinar will highlight practical strategies that may be used to address (ACES) and trauma in children, youth and families while advancing health equity in systems. » More information and registration

CHA Diversity and Disparities Networking Call — A New CHA Offering
Sept. 26, 2019 | 1 - 2 p.m. ET
Join us for the inaugural networking call for CHA members working to address the issues of diversity, health disparities and health equity. We invite members to participate in this forum for sharing, collaborating and learning across our ministries. » Learn more

National Association of Health Services Executives Conference
Oct. 9-11, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
The National Association of Health Care Services Executives (NAHSE) will host their annual conference promoting the advancement and development of diverse health care leaders and elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities. The conference will be held Oct. 9-11, 2019, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, D.C. This year's theme is Healthcare for All: The Politics of Promise. This is the 34th Annual Educational Conference and the 24th Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition. CHA is a conference sponsor. » More information and registration

Root Cause Coalition: Fourth Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
Oct. 20-22, 2019 | San Diego
The Root Cause Coalition, a non-profit member organization established to collectively address the social determinants of health, will host is Fourth Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health on Oct. 20-22, 2019, in San Diego. 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. » Access more information and register

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Applying Big Data to Address the Social Determinants of Health in Oncology: A Workshop
Oct. 28-29, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
The National Academies' National Cancer Forum will hold a workshop to examine the social determinants of health in the context of cancer, and to consider opportunities to effectively leverage big data to improve health equity and reduce disparities. Workshop topics will include the impact of social determinants of health on cancer incidence and outcomes, and ways to capture precise and meaningful data on social determinants of health in oncology. » More information and registration

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity: Fall Enrichment Program
The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity is currently seeking proactive health care organizations to host recent MPH/MPA/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 a 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 Oct. 14, 2019, through Feb. 28, 2020. For more information go to: http://www.diversityconnection.org/diversityconnection/education/FEP.jsp?fll=S8 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 Health Care (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 12-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


HHS OMH: The Justice-Involved Population and Health
This new supplement from the Office of Minority Health (OMH) examines the health of justice-involved population and their families, policies, and interventions to address health needs and data collection recommendations to understand health disparities and head needs. This supplement is a follow-up to the OMH/NASEM workshop "Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice Systems Involvement in Population Health Data Programs." » Read the supplement

Kaiser Family Foundation: Health and Health Care Demographics
On May 10, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a series of downloadable infographics and slides providing data on the current status of health and health care for Hispanics; African-Americans; Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders; and American Indians and Alaska Natives. The information includes measures of health coverage, health access and use and health outcomes. » Find them here

National Health Law Program: Summary of State Law Requirements Addressing Language Needs in Health Care
This new report offers citation to and a short description of each state's statutes and regulations regarding services to Limited English Proficiency persons in health care settings. » Learn more

UT Health San Antonio/Salud America!: The State of Latinos and Housing, Transportation, and Green Space
This new report examines the latest available science on Hispanic/Latino access to affordable housing, public transit and green space. The review also highlights emerging strategies and policies to improve neighborhood health equity. » Read more and view the full report

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity Career Center
Health care organizations must be able to 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. » Access more information about the Career Center and search the online database

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Faith-Health Collaboration to Improve Community and Population Health: Proceedings of a Workshop
On March 22, 2018, an ad-hoc committee convened to discuss the challenges and opportunities in promoting population health through partnerships between health entities and faith-based partners. This newly-released guide featuring meeting outcomes, provides examples of effective partnerships as well as lessons for greater engagement between health care organizations and public health agencies. » Read the full report

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts: Proceeding of a Workshop in Brief
On April 1, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened to discuss obesity-related health diversities and methods to address obesity risk by demographic in order to attain equity in clinical and public health settings. » Read the full report highlighting meeting findings

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity
Health inequities by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other demographic characteristics prevent many children from meeting their full potential. Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity outlines steps needed to move children who are at risk for negative outcomes toward positive health trajectories and reduce health disparities. The report is the product of a committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to apply the science of prenatal and early childhood development to policy, program and systems changes. » Access the report and related resources

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Health Literacy and Communication Strategies in Oncology
The National Academies' National Cancer Policy Forum and Roundtable on Health Literacy held a two-day meeting on increasing health literacy, examining opportunities, methods and strategies to improve the communication of information about cancer care at the level of the clinic visit, the health care organization, and the community. Topics included specific communication strategies to diverse populations to support cancer care needs throughout the continuum of care. » View videos, the briefing book and presentation materials

American Hospital Association Podcast: Advancing Health — A Health Equity and Community Health Conversation
On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Nancy Myers, vice president of leadership and system innovation for the AHA Center for Health Innovation, and Duane Reynolds, president and CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, discuss health equity and its relationship to community health. » Access the podcast

Archived Webinar: Catholic Apostolate Center: How to Disrupt Racism
The Catholic Apostolate Center in partnership with The National Black Catholic Congress conducted a webinar to discuss strategies for implementing the USCCB's Pastoral Letter "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love." » View the webinar

Archived Webinar — Healthy People 2020: Using Law and Policy to Promote Health Equity and Achieve Healthy People Goals
The Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project showcases evidence-based legal and policy interventions that impact public health. A June 13 webinar explored how evidence-based legal and policy approaches can advance health equity and create lasting changes that help every American live a long, healthy life. The project is a partnership between the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. » View the webinar slides and learn more about the project

National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities: Leveraging Information Technology to Address Health Disparities
This Medical Care supplement, "Addressing Health Disparities Through the Utilization of Health Information Technology," includes 12 original research papers, five editorials and commentaries. The research indicates health information technology may help underserved populations by enhancing patient engagement, improving implementation of clinical guidelines, promoting patient safety, and reducing adverse outcomes. The commentaries provide expert insights on the role of health IT in promoting health equity in racial/ethnic minorities, rural and urban populations, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and sexual and gender minorities. » Read the issue

CHA Health Progress: Young People at Risk
The July - August 2019 issue of Health Progress focuses on developing models of care to treat young patients facing chronic and behavioral health issues. The same issue includes a Health Equity column on reducing disparities in eldercare and an article on the social determinants of health for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

HHS Office of Minority Health Online Training: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. In this new, free, five-hour e-learning program, behavioral health professionals will enhance their cultural competency to enhance communication across cultures and improve therapeutic relationships with patients. Continuing education credit and accreditation hours available. » Learn more


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