AHA issues guide to implementing access strategy in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement a multi-step strategy to promote care coordination between Indian Health Service facilities and other health care providers. The strategy is one of nine innovative ways for communities at risk... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, equity, access

Black History Month and health equity

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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is the perfect time to ask, “What progress is your hospital making in equity of care? What progress are you making in support of the idea that a person’s fate in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity, access

IFD announces new board members

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The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an AHA affiliate, has named five new directors to two-year terms on its board. They are: Stephen Adkins, principal chief of the Chickahominy Tribe and chief deputy director of the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management; Peggy Harris, assistant... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: equity, governance, leadership

Study looks at variance in premature death rates

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Premature death rates declined in the U.S. among adult Hispanics, blacks and Asian/Pacific Islanders between 1999 and 2014, mainly due to fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease and HIV, according to a study reported this week in The Lancet. However, rates increased among white and Native American adults,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, equity, Behavioral health

Equity and Diversity in Health Care in 2017

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This Monday, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a day in honor of a man who roused the conscience of a nation. When Dr. King preached his message of peace years ago, segregation was common in our country. Some segregated hospitals outright refused to admit African-American individuals. Five decades... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: equity

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

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