July 2022 Diversity and Disparities Update

Upcoming Events

Modern Healthcare hosts Social Determinants of Health Symposium: Make a PACT to Advance Health Equity – Policy, Action, Community and Technology
Aug. 11, 2022 – Virtual
Join Modern Healthcare's Social Determinants of Health Symposium, a virtual event taking place on Aug. 11. Here, you'll learn how investments in the areas of policy, action, community and technology can ultimately help you evolve your social determinants of health initiatives to achieve health equity and a healthier bottom line. The full-day agenda features sessions led by health care thought leaders who will explore holistic approaches to improving community health for vulnerable populations through social and economic interventions.
» Register here

Root Cause Coalition: 7th Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
Oct. 2-4, 2022 – Minneapolis
The Root Cause Coalition will host its 7th Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health this October. Focusing on the theme, "Achieving Health Equity: What Are You Prepared to Do," the agenda will feature nationally-recognized experts in health equity, plenary panels, member-organization-led roundtables, poster sessions and more.
» Register here

Reports and Resources

Raising the Bar Project

The newly launched Raising the Bar Project has produced a report that provides actionable guidance to embed equity and excellence throughout the healthcare sector. The project's principles align well with CHA's Confronting Racism by Achieving Health Equity initiative and the resources could be useful as members work to implement the pledge.
» Download the report

U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Environmental Justice
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established an Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) to better protect the health of disadvantaged communities and vulnerable populations on the frontlines of pollution and other environmental health issues. The new office will sit within the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity at HHS, which President Biden created as part of his Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. This will help to ensure the Biden-Harris Administration strengthens and safeguards the health and well-being of the American people as it confronts climate change.
» Learn more about the Office of Environmental Justice

National Indian Health Board: 2022 National American Indian/Alaska Native Maternal Mortality Prevention Institute Presentations
This institute held on April 4-5, 2022, was the first maternal mortality prevention gathering of its kind in Indian Country. American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are two to three times more likely to die of birth-related complications than their white counterparts. There has been an expressed need for conversations about AI/AN maternal mortality prevention, and this institute serves to gather those working in Tribal maternal health together and elevate this work to a national audience.
» View the presentations

Milbank Memorial Fund Blog: Two Policy Proposals That Could Improve Mental Health Equity Right Now
Research shows that people of color are more likely to require behavioral health services, but less likely to get them, and, if they do, are more likely to have poorer clinical outcomes than their white counterparts. In the latest Milbank Blog post, authors Noah S. Triplett of the University of Washington and Jasmine Blanks Jones of Johns Hopkins University examine some causes of the disparity.
» Read the blog

Archived Events and Webinars

We Are Called Equity Pledge to Confront Racism by Achieving Health Equity Series: Providing Culturally Competent Care: How Are We Doing?
July's We Are Called webinar focused on the importance of cultural competency among caregivers and associates, and explored the inequitable care provided to people of color due to a lack of cultural competence and inaccurate assumptions. We heard examples and stories and shared best practices for caregivers who undergo unconscious bias training to increase cultural competency.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can access the recording here.

You can also catch up on any We Are Called virtual events that you were unable to attend by accessing the archive of recordings.

CHA Diversity and Health Disparities Networking Zoom Call
This networking call held on July 7,  featured a presentation about the newly launched Raising the Bar project and a robust discussion between the presenters and participants.
» View the recording Passcode: t9BSN!C6

American Hospital Association Accelerating Health Equity Conference: Forward on the Journey
The American Hospital Association Community Health Improvement (ACHI) network and the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE), joined forces to advance their shared mission of closing health equity gaps by building strategic hospital-community partnerships and developing and sustaining diversity and inclusion efforts in hospitals and health systems. The Accelerating Health Equity Conference was an opportunity to learn from each other, celebrate achievements and fuel the momentum to drive change — turning words into action.
» View highlights of the conference and find more information

U.S. News Live Webinar: Achieving Health Equity: Tackling the Medical Community's Greatest Care Challenge
This webinar discussed how hospitals and health systems can work to better ensure they are providing equitable treatment to every segment of their communities. The webinar is part of the Community Health Leadership Forum, a virtual event series from U.S. News & World Report focused on improving community health across the country.
» View the recording of this event and past events

Commonwealth Fund Symposium: Transforming Health Care to Advance Black Maternal Health Equity
Despite the nation's maternal health crisis, new policies and initiatives, and a fuller range of perinatal providers hold promise to bring lifesaving, equitable care to more Black women and birthing people than ever before. This virtual symposium examined ideas for financing health care transformation and innovation, strategies for implementing respectful, high-quality care and ways to use data to advance maternal health equity.
» View the recording

The Hastings Center: Is it Possible to Have Healthy People on a Sick Planet?
Climate change will do profound harm to people's health and will be a force multiplier for racial, social and health inequities. In this webinar, experts discussed the intersection of health care, climate change and health equity, and what is needed to address climate change.
» View the recording or read the transcript

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: National Telehealth Conference
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services held a 2-day virtual conference that brought experts in the field of telehealth together to discuss the evolution of telehealth as part of the standard of care and the importance of its continued integration in the overall healthcare delivery model.
» View the sessions and presentations

AAMC Center for Health Justice Maternal Health Incubator
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Health Justice recently held the Maternal Health Incubator, a 2-day virtual meeting to generate a common understanding of the data needed to effectively address maternal health inequities.
» View the recordings, graphics, and slides from all the main sessions


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