January 2020 Diversity and Disparities Update

CHA Diversity and Health Disparities Update

Happy New Year! Please take a moment to explore this roundup of helpful resources, future events and programs on health care diversity and health disparities.

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 Diversity and Disparities Networking Call
February 19, 2020 | 1 - 2 p.m. ET
Join us for the second networking call for CHA members working to address the issues of diversity, health disparities and health equity. If you have a program to highlight or a discussion topic to suggest for the agenda, please contact Kathy Curran, CHA senior director, public policy. Look for an email with more information three to four weeks before the call.

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity: National Leadership and Education Conference
June 17-19, 2020
CHA is a proud Gold sponsor of the annual Institute for Diversity's National Leadership and Education Conference. This year's conference will bring together the nation's most influential and progressive health care leaders for two exciting days of learning, discussion and networking leading the way toward improved diversity, inclusion and equity in health care. Sign up to receive conference updates.

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity: Equity of Care Webinar Series
January 28, 2020 | 1 p.m. ET
The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity will host the final webinar in the Equity of Care Webinar Series. The series provides demonstrated examples from hospitals and health systems on what they are doing to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity and inclusion within their organizations. In this webinar, Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, senior vice president and chief diversity officer, Northwell Health, and Michael Wright, vice president of Diversity and Health Equity, Northwell Health, will share strategies to optimize diversity and health equity strategies and redefine the health care delivery model of the 21st century. Learn more and register.

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity: Summer Enrichment Program
The Institute for Diversity is still accepting students and hosts for the 2020 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). SEP places diverse graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in health care administration or a related field in 10-week, paid internships at health care organizations. Contact Jasmin Clark at [email protected] for more information or learn how to register and become a host here.

Webinar – Rural Health Research Gateway: Rural Disparities in Health and Healthcare by Race and Ethnicity
January 23, 2020 | 1 p.m. ET
Dr. Henning-Smith and Ashley Hernandez, MPH, of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, will present new research on racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care among rural residents. The webinar is presented by Rural Health Research Gateway which provides easy and timely access to research conducted by the Rural Health Research Centers, funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The webinar is free, no registration is required, but participation is limited to the first 200 to log-on that day. If the webinar reaches capacity, you will be able to access the recording, archived on the Gateway website. Click here for connection information.

Webinar – The National Institute for Health Care Management: Social Determinants of Health: Technology and Workforce Approaches
January 27, 2020 | 1 p.m. ET
The National Institute for Health Care Management's (NIHCM) upcoming webinar "Social Determinants of Health: Technology and Workforce Approaches," will explore a national initiative bringing together public health stakeholders to systematically implement and sustain social determinants of health efforts, an innovative federal model testing whether addressing health-related social need of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries improves outcomes, and how a health plan is partnering with social workers to help patients with housing, transportation, utilities and more. Register now.

Webcast – The HHS Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary's Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health
January 30 & 31, 2020 | 9 a.m. ET
The Advisory Committee on Minority Health will meet on Jan. 30 and 31, 2020. The ACMH was established to provide advice to the HHS Office of Minority Health on improving the health of each racial and ethnic minority group and on the development of goals and specific program activities of the OMH. The topics to be discussed during this meeting will include strategies to improve access to and success of clinical prevention services among racial and ethnic minority populations. The meeting is open to the public and available by webcast. To attend or view the webcast, register by sending an email to [email protected] by Jan. 24, 2020. Each registrant should provide their name, affiliation, phone number, email address, days attending and if participation is in-person or via webcast. After registration, individuals participating by webcast will receive webcast access information via email.

Webinar series – The HHS Office of Minority Health: Assessing Culturally Appropriate Treatment in Communities of Color: Role of Providers to Improve Quality of Care for Opioid Use Disorder
January 28, 2020 12 p.m. ET
This is the third of a three-part webinar series for providers aimed at raising awareness about and addressing opioid-related disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations.  It will also highlight the use of the National CLAS Standards to improve engagement and care of racial/ethnic minority patients with an opioid use disorder. This webinar will be offered for Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credit, and is eligible for 1.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit through Meharry Medical College. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Register here.

American Hospital Association: Rural Health Care Leadership Conference
February 2-5, 2020
The American Hospital Association's Rural Health Care Leadership Conference will be held Feb. 2-5, 2020 in Phoenix. This conference brings together top practitioners and thinkers to share strategies and resources for accelerating the shift to a more integrated and sustainable rural health system and to examine the most significant operational, financial and environmental developments in rural health care. Learn more and register.

Social Determinants of Health Symposium
June 2, 2020
Salt Lake City
Modern Healthcare's Social Determinants of Health Symposium seeks to address the systemic inequities that prevent members of our communities from experiencing good health. Industry leaders will discuss the inseparable relationships between the social determinants of health and health outcomes, share best practices, and strategies to advance community health. Register here.


The Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Improving Health Equity: Guidance for Health Care Organizations
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) two-year Pursuing Equity project aims to reduce inequities in health and health care access, treatment and outcomes by implementing comprehensive strategies to create and sustain equitable health systems. Several resources are available to share the learning and experience of the eight health care organizations that participated in 2017-2019 program. Resource topics include: Make Equity a Strategic Priority; Build Infrastructure to Support Health Equity; Address the Multiple Determinants of Health; Eliminate Racism and other Forms of Oppression; and Partner with the Community to Improve Health Equity. These resources aim to support health systems in improving health equity by providing practical tips, building will for health care's role in championing equity and presenting examples for how to use the IHI framework to organize equity improvement efforts. Learn more. IHI is now recruiting health systems to join the second initiative, beginning in May 2020. View application information.

HHS Office of Minority Health: Knowledge Center Online Catalog
The Office of Minority Health Resource Center online library catalog provides access to the nation's largest repository of information dedicated to the health of minority populations within the United States and its territories. The collection includes more than 60,000 documents, books, journal articles, reports and media related to the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations. The database identifies print and digital content leading to article, document, journal and organizational records. Access the library.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine: Vibrant and Health Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Equity
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a new report that examines the health inequities that millions of children face. These health inequities compromise their development, well-being and long-term outcomes, despite substantial scientific evidence about how those adversities contribute to poor health. Download the report (login required).

Kaiser Family Foundation: Key Facts on Health and Health Care by Race and Ethnicity
This chartpack provides data on demographics, health access and utilization, health status and outcomes, and health coverage by race and ethnicity to provide greater insight into the current status of disparities. View the chartpack.

American Economic Review: Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland
The American Economic Review conducted a study that examined whether seeing black or non-black doctors made a difference in the demand for preventative care among African American men in Oakland, CA. African-American men in the study were more likely to discuss problems and seek preventative care when they were treated by African-American doctors, suggesting that a more diverse medical workforce would yield significant health benefits. The results and implications of the study are discussed in the recently released "Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland" report. Read here.

Commonwealth Fund: How the Affordable Care Act Has Narrowed Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Health Care
The Commonwealth Fund has released an issue brief that examines how much the ACA has reduced disparities in access to health care among black, Hispanic, and white adults. The findings show that racial and ethnic differences have narrowed since the ACA went into effect, however progress has stalled in both Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. Read the brief.

National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services
An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health has recommended enhanced research to assess and address disparities in access to health care and use of clinical services that help prevent disease. Differences in the use of preventive services by racial and ethnic minority groups, rural residents, individuals of lower socioeconomic status, and some providers are significant and may contribute to disparities in disease burden and life expectancy. The report makes 26 recommendations for addressing research gaps related to patient and provider barriers and the role of health information technology and health care systems in the implementation of preventive services.  The report was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and can be downloaded for free with registration.

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center Policy Brief:  Differences in Preventive Care Among Rural Residents by Race and Ethnicity
While studies have documented disparities in preventive care among racial and ethnic groups and by rural/urban location, few have looked at differences in health care use among rural residents by race and ethnicity.  This brief examines differences in receipt of preventive care – flu vaccination and cancer screenings - among rural residents by race and ethnicity.

Health Affairs Research Article:  Rural-Urban Differences In Severe Maternal Morbidity And Mortality In The US, 2007–15
This study analyzes severe maternal morbidity and mortality during childbirth hospitalizations among rural and urban residents and finds that rural residents had a 9 percent greater probability of severe maternal morbidity and mortality, compared with urban residents.  The disparity can be attributed both to clinical challenges and social determinants of health.

Archived Webinar Series – Institute for Diversity and Health Equity
The Diversity Dialogue Webinar Series addresses a myriad of topics relative to achieving health equity and is one of the Institute's most popular programs. Access a list of available archived Diversity Dialogues and listen.

Archived Podcast: American Hospital Association: Advancing Health
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. Listen to the podcast.

Archived Podcast: How our HealthCare System Treats Black Mothers Differently
"The Dose" is a biweekly podcast hosted by the Commonwealth Fund that addresses health policy issues in the United States and abroad. This podcast's presenters discuss how our health care system treats black mothers differently. Access to the podcast.


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