November 2020 Diversity and Disparities Update


CHA Diversity & Health Disparities Networking Call
On September 29, CHA hosted a networking call to share what Catholic health care facilities and systems are doing to address health disparities in the context of COVID-19, including outreach to communities, data collection, access to testing and treatment and building trust in communities suspicious of the health care system.
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Kaiser Family Foundation: Racial Disparities in COVID-19: Key Findings from Available Data and Analysis
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a growing focus on its disproportionate impacts on people of color, particularly as availability of data to understand racial disparities has increased. This brief summarizes key findings from data and analyses examining COVID-19 related cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and testing by race and ethnicity as of early August 2020 to provide increased insight into these disparities. 
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Kaiser Family Foundation: The Undefeated Survey on Race and Health
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and The Undefeated have conducted a joint nationwide survey that explores the views and experiences of African Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the disproportionate impact of the virus on Black communities, 49% of African Americans say they will shun taking a vaccine even if scientists deem it safe and it is available for free to anyone who wants it. 
» Read key findings

Kaiser Family Foundation: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Nursing Homes
While nursing homes are required to report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on COVID-19 cases and deaths, they are not required to break down the data by race and ethnicity, nor do most states collect that data. The Kaiser Family Foundation compared facility-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths to 2017 facility-level resident information by race/ethnicity from 3,982 nursing facilities nationwide (approximately 93% of all nursing facilities). Their analysis confirmed that nursing homes with a relatively large share of Black or Hispanic residents have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, as measured by the share reporting deaths, share reporting cases, and the severity of outbreak. The report also includes state-level findings for 21 states.
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Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI): COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
IHI has cultivated a list of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) guidance and resources for hospital and health system leaders and health care providers.
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National Academy of Medicine: Conversations on COVID-19: Impacts on Communities of Color
While much is still unknown about COVID-19, we do know that certain populations — African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, and the elderly — are bearing the brunt of infections and deaths. A new National Academies resource, Conversations on COVID-19: Impacts on Communities of Color, includes conversations with experts on a variety of topics related to minority health and COVID-19, as well as information and resources from the National Academies on issues related to health equity.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: SARS-CoV-2–Associated Deaths Among Persons Aged 21 Years — United States, Feb. 12 – July 31, 2020
A recent CDC report found that the majority of children dying from COVID-19 infections and complications are Hispanic, Black, or Native American. Of the children who died, 78% were children of color (45% Hispanic, 29% Black and 4% non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native). These findings are reflected among adults of color as well, highlighting the effects of racism and discrimination on health outcomes among communities of color.
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Archived Webinar Series: Alliance for Health Policy: COVID-19
The Alliance for Health Policy launched its COVID-19 Webinar Series to provide health care professionals and policymakers with comprehensive insights into the status of our pandemic response and to present solution-focused conversations about remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed moving forward. Over the course of 22 webinars, expert panelists presented policy options to address topics and challenges related to the ongoing pandemic.
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Archived Webinar: National Academy of Medicine — All the Tools at Our Disposal: Leveraging Digital Health to Combat COVID-19
This webinar featured speakers who provided an overview of testing for COVID-19 in the United States, New York City's approach and experience in contact tracing, and equity issues that surround utilization of digital tools for treatment and monitoring of those who are ill with COVID-19.
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Archived Webinar: County Health Rankings — Responding to Crisis in the Latino Population with an Equity Lens
This webinar addressed how the pandemic intersects with other key issues including economic and civic engagement, language and culture barriers, the crisis concerning immigration status in Latino communities, and approaches for informing Latino communities about coronavirus testing and prevention.
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Archived Webinar: (NIHCM) Foundation: Systemic Racism, Disparities & COVID-19 Impacts on Latino Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the cumulative effects of systemic racism and other risk factors on the health of Latinos in the United States. For Latino Americans, a diverse group of individuals encompassing nearly 20% of the U.S. population, long-standing social and economic inequities have led to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. This webinar highlighted effective strategies to address the negative impact that systemic racism, the challenges of immigration, language barriers and other factors have on the health and well-being of Latinos.
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  • The accompanying infographic identifies risk factors – including disproportionate employment as essential workers, lower rates of health insurance coverage, and language and cultural barriers – and provides actionable solutions to improve the health of Latino Americans.
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Archived Webinar: The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation — Environmental Health: Air Pollution, COVID-19 & Health Disparities
Research shows our polluted environment is a major driver of health disparities and disproportionately high mortality rates from COVID-19 in communities of color. Systemic racism in policies that shape the built environments in many Black, Latino, Native American, and other communities, is at the root of the problem. This webinar explored how the environmental justice movement can address these issues and offer solutions to improve health outcomes.
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Archived Webinar: The National Institute for Health Care: Systemic Racism & Health: Solutions, Making Change Happen
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the impact of systemic racism on the health of Black Americans. Long-standing social and economic inequities have contributed to multiple social determinants of health that increase the risk of getting or dying from COVID-19. This webinar addressed how systemic racism harms health and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference.
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Archived Virtual Symposium: Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minorities
On Sept. 17, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) hosted a virtual symposium to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium featured national, state, tribal and local experts leading efforts developed for public health leaders at all levels and community organizations confronting the pandemic.
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2020 NIH Rural Health Seminar: Challenges in the Era of COVID-19
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020
1 – 5 p.m. ET
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) will bring together researchers, medical practitioners and others to explore topics in rural health. Learn and explore the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, systems and workforce issues, and community engagement to respond to the pandemic.
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Rural Research Gateway: Understanding the Ground: Social Determinants of Health in Rural Populations
Nov. 17, 2020
1 – 2 p.m. ET
Social determinants of health as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. For rural populations, many of these elements are less favorable than within urban areas. This webinar will review some of the key elements associated with health across rural White and minority populations, such as education, income, and health facility availability.

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2020 Health Summit
Nov. 17–18, 2020
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute annual Health Summit will bring together Members of Congress, thought leaders, healthcare advocates, CHCI program participants and alumni, and other stakeholders to raise awareness about health and healthcare issues, policies, practices, and trends in the Latino community in an environment that facilitates solution-oriented dialogue.
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Modern Health Care: Social Determinants of Health Symposium
Dec. 8, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET
Experts will discuss the inseparable relationship between the social determinants of health and health outcomes. Industry leaders will provide challenges and successes, best practices, and strategies to effectively advance community health. The goal of this event is to address the systemic inequities that prevent members of our communities from experiencing good health. Together, providers can develop effective strategies and innovative solutions, leveraging purchasing, hiring, and investing, to benefit the communities they serve.
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Native American Heritage Month – November
Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and history and acknowledges the important contributions of American Indian and Alaska Natives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Native Americans have a greater chance of having diabetes than any other US racial and ethnic group.
» Access updates, downloadable materials and additional Native American Heritage Month resources

National Urban League: State of Black America
In August, the National Urban League released its annual State of Black America Report. This year's report reflects the urgency to address the historic context of systemic racism and deep-rooted inequities that are exacerbating COVID-19's human and economic toll on the nation's Black communities.
» Read the report.

American Public Health Association: Creating the Healthiest Nation Health and Housing Equity
This new report examines how structural racism and discriminatory policies led to housing and health inequality in America for low-income communities and people of color and outlines numerous ways to advance equitable change in housing equity through policy and advocacy, cross-sector partnerships and community engagement and education.
» Read the report

Association of American Medical Colleges — Racism and Health: A Reading List
Racial and ethnic health inequities, and the study of racism as a root cause of inequity, has received significant attention. AAMC has compiled a collection of select research articles and books, both seminal and new, that describe how racism affects health and well-being and offers a starting place for further exploration.
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Rural Health Information Hub: Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit
This toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing programs to address social determinants of health in rural communities across the United States.
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American Psychiatric Association: Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations Guide
Understanding a patient's culture and background can help provide the highest quality of care. The APA Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations Guide provides information on particular populations' demographics, significant history, a few best practices and disparities and stigma to help you contextualize your assessment and treatment.
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Workshop Recording: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities — The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the United States
This two day workshop promoted multidisciplinary health disparities research by convening experts from the research fields of health disparities, population sciences, labor economics, occupational health, epidemiology, and organizational sociology and psychology to consider work as a social determinant of health, and to identify potential mechanisms and interventions addressing the role of work in health disparities.
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Archived Webinar Series: Health Leads: Intentionally Integrating Equity into Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Interventions
Health Leads is an innovation hub that seeks to unearth and address the deep societal roots of racial inequity that impact minority health by removing barriers that keep people from identifying, accessing and choosing the resources everyone needs to be healthy. In this webinar series health equity champions from across the country shared their experiences integrating equity into SDOH interventions highlighting best practices, tools, and frameworks that attendees can apply to their own SDOH work.
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Archived Podcast: American Hospital Association: Eliminating Disparities in Birth Outcomes
On this AHA "Advancing Health" podcast Dr. Ken Fawcett, Vice President, and Peggy Vander Meulen, Manager of Community Health Programs of Spectrum Health Healthier Communities program discussed the importance of promoting race equity to ensure healthy pregnancies, healthy babies and better outcomes for the community in general.
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Archived: National Minority Quality Forum: Summit on Health Disparities and Health Braintrust
This annual summit aims to assist health care providers, professionals, administrators, researchers, policy makers, community and faith-based organizations in delivering quality care to diverse populations. This three day virtual conference featured a myriad of topics related to addressing the needs of diverse populations.
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Archived Webinar: Health Care Transformation Task Force: Maternal Health Hub – Promoting Equity and Value in Maternity Care
The Health Care Transformation Task Force was established in 2014 with the goal of bringing together patients, payers, providers, and purchaser representatives to act as a private sector driver, coordinator, and facilitator of delivery system transformation. On Sept. 21 HCTTF hosted a webinar highlighting the launch of the Maternal Health Hub Learning Community. The Maternal Health Hub compiles resources and best practices to advance a vision for high-value and equitable maternity care and serves as a forum for all maternal health stakeholders.
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Archived Webinar: American Public Health Association & Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Using Healthy People to Address Social Determinants of Health and Achieve Health Equity
The American Public Health Association and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion hosted this one-hour webinar to discuss how local governments, non-profits and national organizations have used Healthy People in the past and how they can use Healthy People 2030 to address the social determinants of health in their communities.
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Workshop Recording: National Institute of Health: National Institute of Nursing Research
The National Institute of Nursing Research held a virtual workshop on innovative models of care for reducing inequities in maternal health. The workshop explores how nurses, midwives, and birth companions can improve maternal and infant health, specifically for women in U.S. communities affected by structural and health inequalities.
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Video Conversation: Lloyd H. Dean and Caretha Coleman on Social Justice and Health Disparities
Listen to Lloyd Dean, CEO of CommonSpirit Health and Caretha Coleman, Chair of Dignity Community Care, discuss the state of the U.S. health care system specifically related to minorities, the poor and vulnerable, and the purposeful changes needed to ensure that these populations and everyone has access to equitable care.
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Video: SSM Health Partners with Wisconsin Barbershop to Help Local Men Access Health Resources
Through a unique partnership, SSM Health is working to improve the health and lives of African-American men one haircut at a time in Madison, Wisc. The Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association Men's Health & Education Center, located inside JP Hair Design, a large barbershop in Madison, is an innovative health model for reducing health disparities and improving the social and health conditions of African-American men in Dane County, Wisconsin.
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