July 2021 Diversity and Disparities Update


CHA We Are Called – Confronting Racism to Achieve Health Equity – Conversation Series: Putting our House in Order
July 28, 2021
12 - 12:30 p.m. ET
Join your colleagues from across the Catholic health ministry for the fourth installment of our conversation series on how CHA's members are working to meet the goals of our ministry's collective equity initiative, We Are Called, Confronting Racism to Achieve Health Equity. The series is focused on the call to the Catholic health ministry to examine all aspects of our organizations to ensure that they are using all assets to proactively eliminate health disparities. Session IV of the series will have a particular emphasis on diversity and inclusion at the governance level of our ministries, both at the system and regional levels.
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CHA Diversity and Health Disparities Networking Call
Sept. 21, 2021
1 - 3 p.m. ET
Join the September 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.
» Access the May 24 call recording
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Webinar: Identifying Equitable Solutions with What Works for Health
Aug. 26, 2021
3 - 3:30 p.m. ET
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, works to improve health outcomes for all and to close the health disparities between those with the most and least opportunities for good health. They have developed What Works for Health (WWFH), a database of evidence-informed strategies including policies, programs and systems changes which reviews and evaluates evidence and assigns effectiveness and disparity ratings on every strategy in the database. This 30-minute webinar is an introduction to WWFH's features to show how to identify strategies that align with your community priorities and address health disparities. » Register
» Review recordings of CHRR's three-part Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series

Root Cause Coalition: National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
Oct. 4-6, 2021
The Root Cause Coalition's 6th National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health will focus on how the events of the last year-and-a-half have underscored the urgency to address social determinants to achieve health equity and will bring together leaders in healthcare, community and faith-based organizations, researchers, 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, including a focus on systemic racism.
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AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity
Fall Enrichment Program (FEP)
Be a host site! Each fall, the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity partners with hospitals and health systems across the country to provide a 20-week paid internship opportunity for academically strong, diverse students who have completed their health care-oriented graduate degree within the last two to three years. The FEP offers an immersive on-site experience for those who want to become exceptional hospital administrators and health care leaders. Hospitals and health systems that register as FEP host sites receive a prime opportunity to recruit top students from nationally accredited health training programs. FEP registration is now until Sept. 6, 2021, for host sites.
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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness month, CHA offers prayers, policy briefs and links to other resources to support our collective advocacy for mental health access for all, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Black Directors Health Equity Agenda
The Black Directors Health Equity Agenda (BDHEA) aims to eliminate health inequities and improve health outcomes in African American communities by leveraging their unique positioning and ability to activate and elevate discussions in the boardrooms of entities that impact health and health care. BDHEA provides information, tools, resources and inspiration to health care boards, senior leaders, partners and allies to enable them to provide leadership and accountability in achieving health equity. Coming soon is the Black Directors Health Equity Board Playbook, developed by BDHEA and Deloitte.
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Center for Disease Control and Prevention HHS Office of Minority Health: Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the HHS Office of Minority Health developed the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to enhance existing resources to support the identification of racial and ethnic minority communities at the greatest risk for disproportionate impact and adverse outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minority Health SVI is an extension of the CDC Social Vulnerability Index, which is a platform that helps emergency response planners and public health officials identify, map and plan support for communities that will most likely need support before, during and after a public health emergency. 
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Podcast: New England Journal of Medicine: Where Equity and Community Health Intersect
Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, is the MGH/MGPO senior vice president for equity and community health, the founder, senior advisor and faculty of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at MGH, faculty at the Mongan Institute, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing internal medicine physician, was interviewed by the New England Journal of Medicine on the intersection between equity and community health. Dr. Betancourt discussed the critical work that MGH has achieved by collecting patient data, monitoring care and quality of care, as well as advocating for communities to improve their health and well-being. Dr. Betancourt is a member of Trinity Health's board of directors. The podcast includes recommended readings and tips for clinicians to begin addressing health equity.
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National Academy of Medicine: The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity
An expert committee has evaluated previous literature and new information from the COVID-19 pandemic to better understand the dramatic changes the industry is currently undergoing and the challenges it will likely face in the future. This report explores how nurses can work over the next decade to reduce health disparities and promote equity, while keeping costs at bay, utilizing technology, and maintaining patient and family-focused care.
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National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Advancing Maternal Health Equity and Reducing Maternal Mortality Workshop
A planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a public workshop to examine what we know about maternal health and mortality in the United States, and to explore how communities and health care systems can improve outcomes for pregnant people. 
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National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity: Contract Tracing and the Challenges of Health Equity in Vulnerable Latino and Native American Communities
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity hosted a public webinar titled, "Doing It Right: Contact Tracing and Health Equity," on July 30. It focused on the role of contact tracing for vulnerable groups, in this case, Native Americans and Latino communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief provides a summary of the discussions from the workshop.
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Podcast: Roll Call: Why do Black Women Die Having Babies
The United States has the highestmaternal mortality rates in the developed world. Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. In this podcast, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith and Mary C. Curtis discuss why Black people suffer disproportionately and what is being done to change the equation.
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Archived Webinar — NIHCM Foundation: Achieving Health Equity: What's Next?
The COVID-19 pandemic placed a spotlight on the shocking health disparities American communities of color have endured for decades and underscored the need for change. Mortality rates linked to COVID-19 for Native Americans, Latinos and Black Americans are approximately double those of white Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This webinar discussed the key issues that harm health in America's Indigenous, Black and Latino communities, and discussed solutions that would address health inequities that contributed to this situation and ensuring that it does not happen again.
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AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, Health Resource Series: Training and the Culture of Learning
The COVID-19 pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black Americans, Native American tribes and tribal populations, Latino Americans and other communities of color is generating a renewed focus on advancing health equity. The latest toolkit, as part the Health Equity Resource series, provides evidence-based practices that support cultural humility along with implicit bias training and education.
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American Hospital Association: Trustee Match Program
AHA has partnered with UnidosUS and the National Urban League (NUL) to create the AHA's Trustee Match Program. The program's goal is to help increase diversity and inclusion in health care governance by connecting affiliate leaders from UnidosUS and NUL with opportunities to serve on a hospital or health system board in their community. These affiliate leaders are well-qualified to serve as prospective trustees because they understand the root causes, needs and cultures of patients and communities they serve and ultimately can provide deeper insights that result in better organizational policies and decision-making. » View video

Commonwealth Fund: Inequities in Health and Health Care in Black and Latinx/Hispanic Communities 23 Charts
Inequities in health care aren't new and stem from a long history of structural racism in American policies. This chartbook details inequities between white, Black, and Latino/Hispanic communities across a range of health indicators in insurance coverage and access, receipt of health services, health status and mortality. » Explore

Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Health Justice: 10 Principles of Trustworthiness
Deserving trust is crucial to equitably partnering with the communities you engage to achieve health justice. Building right and just relationships with our communities is a key element of the We Are Called pledge. The AAMC Center for Health Justice has released the 10 Principles of Trustworthiness. The principles, and accompanying videos and toolkit, were co-developed by community stakeholders as a guiding compass for organizations from any sector to demonstrate trustworthiness to their communities. » View

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: The Ethnicity & Disease supplement "Structural Racism and Discrimination: Impact on Minority Health and Health Disparities"
To fully understand the impact of racism and other forms of discrimination, broader societal factors that are linked to poor health outcomes need to be assessed and addressed. Structural racism and discrimination — systems embedded in society that lead to social inequities — create and sustain health disparities by creating environments, policies, practices and norms that negatively affect health. The Ethnicity & Disease supplement, "Structural Racism and Discrimination: Impact on Minority Health and Health Disparities," includes original research articles that investigate associations between local and societal policies, practices and laws with health. Topics include the health impacts of inequities in mortgage regulation, wage theft and intensified immigration enforcement.
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For recent news articles, please visit our website www.chausa.org/disparities/overview. News about disparities and COVID-19 can also be found on CHA's Coronavirus Resources page:www.chausa.org/newsroom/coronavirus-resources/