NASEM issues report with solutions for communities to advance health equity

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today released a report identifying root causes of health inequity in the U.S. and outlining solutions for communities to advance health equity. The report describes social determinants of health that are drivers of health inequities, including... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, equity

AHA shares update on health equity efforts at CMS quality conference

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The AHA is committed to accelerating progress to improve health equity and eliminate health care disparities, said Charisse Coulombe, vice president of clinical quality at the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Conference today in Baltimore.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, equity

Summit focuses on social determinants of health

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The Root Cause Coalition, formed last year to address hunger and other social determinants of preventable chronic health conditions, today held its First National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health. Addressing the participants in Chicago, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said the coalition “has... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, equity

Dec. 5 webinar to focus on strategies for health equity, diversity

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The AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative and Institute for Diversity in Health Management will host a free webinar Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. ET highlighting strategies that hospitals and health systems can implement to advance health equity, diversity and inclusion. Ninfa Saunders, president and CEO... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: equity

CDC: Adult cigarette smoking rate declines over decade

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About 15% of adults smoked cigarettes in 2015, down from about 17% in 2014 and 21% in 2005, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette smoking rates were higher among men than women, Native Americans than other racial and ethnic groups, and those with less... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, equity, prevention

Reminder: AHA-IFD webinar tomorrow on Native American health

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In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the AHA and Institute for Diversity in Health Management will host a Nov. 8 webinar on the unique health challenges faced by Native Americans. Leaders from Regional Health in Rapid City, SD, will discuss the health system’s outreach and engagement... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: equity

AHA-IFD webinar Nov. 8 on engaging Native American communities on health

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In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the AHA and Institute for Diversity in Health Management will host a Nov. 8 webinar on the unique health challenges faced by Native Americans. Leaders from Regional Health in Rapid City, SD, will discuss the health system’s outreach and engagement... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, equity

Reminder: RWJF accepting applications for 2017 Culture of Health Prize

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications through Nov. 3 for its 2017 Culture of Health Prize, which recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships aimed at enabling everyone to live well. Up to 10 communities will receive a $25,000... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity

CDC: Breast cancer death rates falling, but disparities remain

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Breast cancer death rates fell an average 1.9% annually for white women and 1.5% annually for black women between 2010 and 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday. While death rates declined at the same pace for white and black women under age 50, they fell faster for white... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, equity

Hospital leaders share equity and diversity strategies at AHA-Joint Commission forum

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More than 50 health care leaders discussed strategies to improve health equity and eliminate health care disparities at an AHA-Joint Commission summit Sept. 16 in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.  

“Pinpointing why disparities in care exist and eliminating them must be a priority in every health care... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity

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