October 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: Association of American Medical Colleges: Developing the Pipeline for Health Professionals to Advance Hispanic Month
Oct. 28, 2019
2:30 p.m. ET
The third webinar in the series "Promising Practices to Improve Hispanic Health" will discuss the importance of utilizing multiple approaches to developing a pipeline to the health professions for Hispanic students as a key strategy in eliminating health disparities for Hispanic populations. Panelists will describe current approaches to building a research pipeline to advance Hispanic health and identify promising practices in national and local pipeline programs for Hispanic students. » Learn more and register

Webinar: Health Transformation Task Force: Social Determinants of Health, Social Risk Factors, and Social Needs
Oct. 30, 2019
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Join the Health Care Transformation Task Force in an important conversation around the social determinants of health to learn about the non-clinical factors of health and well-being. This one-hour webinar discusses the importance of food security, housing stability, transportation access, and neighborhood safety as important markers of overall health. » Register here

November is National Native American Heritage Month
November is National Native American Heritage Month. HHS' Office of Minority Health honors the rich diversity and legacy of Native American culture in the United States and works to increase knowledge of health disparities in the American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. All month long, the Office of Minority Health will hold events and offer numerous resources on improving health equity among American Indian and Alaskan Native populations. » Learn more

Institute for Diversity: Diversity Dialogue Webinar Series: Equity of Care Essentials to Improved Quality and Lower Costs
Nov. 19, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Dec. 12, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
The Institute for Diversity's November-December Diversity Dialogues feature American Hospital Association Equity of Care honorees. The Equity of Care Award honors excellence in health care leaders who have achieved success in reducing health care disparities and promoting diversity and inclusion in their organization. In this webinar series, you will learn the importance of health equity and best practices to reduce health care disparities within your organization.
» Learn more and register

Institute for Healthcare Improvement: IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care
Dec. 8-11, 2019
Orlando, Fla.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's "National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care" will take place Dec. 8-11, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. This year's agenda features an 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


Trust for America's Health: U.S. Obesity Rates Reach Historic Highs — Racial, Ethnic, Gender and Geographic Disparities Continue to Persist
Sept. 2019
Trust for America's Health released a report last month on the increasing rate of obesity in the United States and the health implications of obesity for minority populations. The report discusses preventative solutions tied to concrete social, economic outcomes as well as federal and state policies that could help address the issue. » Read more

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation's Health
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report that examines how health care systems can effectively integrate social needs into clinical care in order to maximize patient outcomes from the health care delivery system. The report looks at current approaches and the gaps in the delivery system to inform delivery and community-level activities. » Read the report

Audio Recording: American Hospital Association: Advancing Health Podcast
In this month's Advancing Health podcast, Duane Reynolds, president and CEO, AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and Priya Bathija, vice president, AHA The Value Initiative, discuss the ways health care leaders are addressing health equity and the social determinants of health to contribute to better health outcomes. » Listen to the podcast

Web-based Course: Roots of Health Inequity
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) offers an online course, The Roots of Health Inequity. The course explores the social and historical implications of health inequity in order for public health professionals and others to further understand the issue and devise effective solutions in their clinics and institutions. This online learning collaborative addresses the frameworks, the role of public health practitioners, the root causes of health inequities, and the principles of social justice in five classes which are meant to enhance group learning and patient health and wellness. » Learn more and sign up

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Improving Access to and Equity of Care for People with Serious Illness: Proceedings of a Workshop
On April 4, 2019, the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness held a workshop on the challenges and opportunities associated with expanding access to care and advancing health equity for people with serious illness. This report summarizes highlights from the roundtable and looks at the models of care available in the delivery system with the goal of improving patient outcomes for communities and vulnerable populations. » Learn more

Blog Series: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: New Perspectives to Advance Minority Health and Health Disparities Research
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities announced a new blog series featuring the authors of the American Journal of Public Health in order to advance an initiative to research and track health disparities across various diseases. » Read the blog

Catholic Health Association: September-October 2019 Health Progress
The September-October issue of CHA's Health Progress, the second in an ongoing series addressing the social determinants of health, examines how housing and transportation can affect health. In the opening article, "Collective Action on Determinants of Health: A Catholic Contribution," Fr. Michael Rozier examines ways Catholic providers can draw upon Catholic social teaching to raise awareness and provide opportunities for meaningful change. The March-April 2019 issue examined food and water as social determinants of health, and next year Health Progress will consider how poverty and education relate to health.

Archived Webinar: Catholic Health Association: Health Equity Conversation with Dr. Cara James
The Catholic Health Association spoke with Dr. Cara James, director of the CMS Office of Minority Health and co-chair of the CMS Rural Health Council, on Aug. 7. She described 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 shared resources to help communities, patients, and doctors better identify, understand and address health disparities. » Listen to the webinar

CMS has an excellent resource for organizations, Building an Organizational Response to Health Disparities. » Access the website


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