Scanning the Headlines: Racial and Ethnic Disparities (Archive) 2015-2012

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Stempniak, M.  (2015, Nov. 10).  Health care needs more diverse leadership teams.  H&HN.  Retrieved from:

Belluz, J.  (2015, Nov. 5).  Inequality isn't just unfair - it's making people sick.  Chicago:  Vox Media, Inc.  Retrieved from:

Greising, C.  (2015, Oct. 26).  Providing high-quality care to LGBT patients.  H&HN.  Retrieved from:

Ayanian, J.  (2015, Oct. 1).  The costs of racial disparities in health care.  Harvard Business Review.  Retrieved from:

(2015, Fall).  CEO Circle White Paper.  Why Healthcare Leaders Need to Take a New Look at Diversity in Their Organizations.  Chicago:  American College of Healthcare Executives.  Retrieved from:

Gaskin, D., Zare, H., Haider, A., and LaVeist, T.  (2015, Sept. 29).  The quality of surgical and pneumonia care in minority-serving and racially integrated hospitals.  Health Services Research.  Retrieved from:

Appleby, J.  (2015, Sept. 3).  HHS unveils civil rights protections for transgender patients' health services.  Kaiser Health News.  Retrieved from:

(2015, Sept.).  Guide to Preventing Readmissions Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.  Baltimore, MD:  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Retrieved from:

(2015, Sept.).  The CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.  Independence, MO:  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Retrieved from:

(2015, Sept.).  Increasing Supplier Diversity in Health Care.  Chicago:  American Hospital Association.  Retrieved from:

Demborsky, A.  (2015, Aug. 20).  Can health care be cured of racial bias?  Kaiser Health News.  Retireved from:

Artiga, S., Young, K., Garfield, R., and Majerol, M. (2015, Aug).  Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to and Utilization of Care Among Insured Adults.  Menlo Park, CA:  Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  Retrieved from:

Canestraro, L.M. (2015, July-Aug.). LGBT patients often are vulnerable, marginalized. Health Progress, 96(4), 47-51. 

Gowen, R.M.Z. (2015, July-Aug.). Building a vibrant, healthy Brownsville. Health Progress, 96(4), 15-17. 

Green, A. (2015, July-Aug.). Cultural competence honors human dignity. Health Progress, 96(4), 19-22. 

Hobby, F. (2015, July-Aug.). Diversity is inevitable, disparities are not. Health Progress, 96(4), 4-9. 

Lofton, K. (2015, July-Aug.). Variations in care and quality must be eliminated for good. Health Progress, 96(4), 28-31. 

McKinney, M.M. (2015, July-Aug.). Community priorities guide health equity center. Health Progress, 96(4), 32-35. 

Saporu, D. (2015, July-Aug.). Crafting physician diversity and cultural competence. Health Progress, 96(4), 42-45. 

Withers, J, (2015, July-Aug.). Backpack doc brings care to the homeless. Health Progress, 96(4), 23-27. 

Woods, E. (2015, July-Aug.). The Good Samaritan, inclusion and diversity. Health Progress, 96(4), 10-13.'s-call-to-action-the-good-samaritan-inclusion-and-diversity 

(2015, July).  #123forEquity: A Toolkit for Achieving Success and Sharing Your Story.  Chicago:  American Hospital Association.  Retrieved from:

Mahmud, Y., Hamil, J. Garrett, A., and others.  (2015, Summer).  Approaches to reducing health care disparities:  A focus on six multi-stakeholder alliances.  Princeton, NJ:  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Retrieved from:

Office of Minority Health. The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care: A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice (The Blueprint).  Washington:  US Department of Health and Human Services, accessed June 1, 2015 at 

Asante-Muhammad, D., Chase, D., and Richardson, J.  (2015, Spring).  The Healthcare Industry.  Washington:  NAACP Economic Department Financisl Freedom Center.  Retrieved from:

Pecci, A.  (2015, Apr. 10).  1 in 5 adults report age discrimination in healthcare settings.  HealthLeaders Media.  Retrieved from:

Weinstock, M.  (2015, Apr. 2).  NAACP grades hospital leadership diversity.  H&HN Daily.

Rogers, S., Thrasher, A., Miao, Y., Boscardin, W., and Smith, A.  (2015, Mar. 13).  Discrimination in healthcare settings is associated with disability in older adults:  Health and retirement study, 2008-2012.  Journal of General Internal Medicine.  Retrieved from:*~hmac=20e0f87afe60650e73835767f125412d43b954338498477f154c51c887cec2d5

(2015, Jan.).  Equity of Care: A Toolkit for Eliminating Health Care Disparities.  Chicago:  American Hospital Association.  Retrieved from:

(2015).  Kelley, R.  Kelly Report 2015.  Washington:  Health Disparities in America.  Retrieved from:

(2015).  Closing the Gap in Healthcare Leadership Diversity:  A Witt/Kieffer Study.  Oakbrook, IL:  Witt/Kieffer.  Retrieved from:

(2015).  American Society of Healthcare Risk Management Equity of Care Assessment Tool.  Chicago:  American Society for Healthare Risk Management.  Retrieved from:

(2015).  Behavioral Health Equity Barometer: United States, 2014  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Anderson, K., and Olson, S.  (2015).  Achieving Health Equity via the Affordable Care Act:  Promises, Provisions, and Making Reform a Reality for Diverse Patients:  Workshop Summer (2015).  Washington:  The National Academies Press.  Retrieved from:

Trivedi, A., and others.  (2014, Dec. 11).  Quality and equity of care in U.S. hospitals.  New England Journal of Medicine.  371:2298-2308. Retrieved from:

Birk, S. (2014, Nov.-Dec.). Diversity in the C-suite: Strategies that work. Healthcare Executive, 29(6), 20-22, 24-26, 28. 

Bulletin:  HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations.  (2014, November).  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.  Retrieved from: 

Leader, T. (2014, Nov.). How to build a simple emergency plan. Provider, 40(11), 37-28. 

A Framework for Stratifying Race, Ethnicity and Language Data

Stratifying Patient Data to Eliminate Health Care Disparities 

(2014,September 19).  Health Care:  Necessary But Not Sufficient.  Richmond, VA:  Virginia Commonwealth University.  Retrieved from Link:

Bowers, V.  Boosting diversity and reducing disparities.  H&HN.  June 25, 2014.

Health Coverage and Care in the South:  A Chartbook.  Menlo Park, CA:  The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2014.

Artiga, S., and others.  Advancing Opportunities, Assessing Challenges:  Key Themes from a Roundtable Discussion of Health Care and Health Equity in the South.   Menlo Park, CA:  Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2014.

Docteur, E., and Berenson, R.  In Pursuit of Health Equity:  Comparing U.S. and EU Approaches to Eliminating Disparities.  Princeton, NJ:  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, June 2014.

National Healthcare Disparities Report 2013.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, May 2014.

Gold, M.  Reducing health care disparities:  Where are we now? Princeton, NJ:  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mar. 2014.

Long, S., and Goin, D.  Large Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Literacy Signal Need for Targeted Education and Outreach.  Washington:  Urban Institute, Feb. 26, 2014.

Doty, M., and Blumenthal, D.  Coverage Opportunities and Obstacles for Hispanics Under the ACA.  New York:  Commonwealth Fund, Feb. 13, 2014.

Bonnyman, G., and Garr, T.  Obamacare: cautionary lessons from the Tennessee prequel.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved;25(1):xxv-xxxi, Feb. 2014.

Mack, A., and others.  Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity:  Workshop Summary (2014).  Washington:  The National Academies Press, 2014.

(2014).  Mapping Gender Gaps in Health Care.  Santa Monica, CA:  Rand Corporation.  Retrieved from:

Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  Improving care and health for low-income populations.  Healthcare Executive;28(6):70, 72-73, Nov.-Dec. 2013. 

Snowdon, S.  Equal and respectful care for LGBT patients.  Healthcare Executive;28(6):52, 54-55, Nov.-Dec. 2013.

Alberti, P.M., Bonham, A.C., and Kirch, D.G.  Making equity a value in value-based health care.  Academic Medicine;88(11):1619-1623, Nov. 2013.

Hoenig, C.  How insurance access has already closed racial gaps.  Diversity Inc. Newsletters.  Oct. 14, 2013.

Glance, L.G., Osler, T.M., and others.  Trends in racial disparities for injured patients admitted to trauma centers.  HSR. Health Services Research;48(5):1684-1703, Oct. 2013. 

Kirby, J.B., and Kaneda, T.  ‘Double jeopardy’ measure suggests Blacks and Hispanics face more severe disparities than previously indicated.  Health Affairs;32(10):1766-1772, Oct. 2013. 

Qasim, M., and Andrews, R.  Despite Overall Improvement In Surgical Outcomes Since 2000, Income-Related Disparities Persist.  Health Affairs  32(10):1773-1780, Oct. 2013.

Turner, A.  The Business Case for Racial Equity.  Ann Arbor, MI:  Altarum Institute, Oct. 2013.

Shoup, C.  Getting to the heart of disparities in care.  Health Progress;94(5):17-20, Sept.-Oct. 2013.

Kirch, D.G., and Nivet, M.  Increasing diversity and inclusion in medical school to improve the health of all.  Journal of Healthcare Management;58(5):311-313, Sept.-Oct. 2013.

Schoen, C., and others.  Health Care in the Two Americas: Findings from the Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations, 2013.  New York, NY:  The Commonwealth Fund.  Sept. 18, 2013.

South-Paul, J.E., Roth, L., and others.  Building diversity in a complex academic health center.  Academic Medicine;88(9):1259-1264, Sept. 2013.  

Survey finds african americans hit hard by high health care costs.  Insight News.  Aug. 26, 2013. 

Health Gaps.  Health Affairs.  Aug. 15, 2013.

Reducing Health Care Disparities: Collection and Use of Race, Ethnicity and Language Data.  Chicago:  American Hospital Association, August 2013.

Sadowski, J.  The Neighborhood You’re From Could Mean Living 20 Years Longer.  Princeton, NJ:  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  July 17, 2013.

Hoenig, C.  Diversity Inc. top 10 hospital systems lead HRC healthcare equality index.  Diversity Inc. July, 2013.

Rodak, S.  16 Benefits of healthcare organization’s cultural competence.  Becker’s Hospital Review.  June 25, 2013.

Dimick, J., and others.  Black patients more likely than whites to undergo surgery at low-quality hospitals in segregated regions.  Health Affairs;32(6):1046-1053, June 2013. 

American College of Healthcare Executives.  Policy statement: the healthcare executive’s role in fostering inclusion of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] patients and employees.  Healthcare Executive.  28(3):113-115, May-June 2013.

Umbendenstock, R.J.  Equity in care: picking up the pace.  Journal of Healthcare Management;58(3):165-167, May/June 2013.

Beech, B.M., and others.  Mentoring programs for underrepresented minority faculty in academic medical centers: a systematic review of the literature.  Academic Medicine;88(4):541-549, Apr. 2013. 

Dolan, T.C.  Increasing diversity in governance and management.  Journal of Healthcare Management;58(2):84-86, Mar./Apr. 2013. 

Asada, Y., Yoshida, Y., and Whipp, A.M.  Summarizing social disparities in health.  The Milbank Quarterly;91(1):5-36, Mar. 2013. 

Health Coverage by Race and Ethnicity: The Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act.  Menlo Park,  CA:  Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  Mar. 2013. 

Patients With Limited English Proficiency.  Rockville, MD:  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Mar. 2013.

De Filippi, R.  Stronger through diversity.  Trustee;66(3):31, Mar. 2013. 

Corlette, S., and others.  State insurance exchanges face challenges in offering standardized choices alongside innovative value-based insurance.  Health Affairs;32(2):418-426, Feb. 2013. 

Le Cook, B., Barry, C.L., and Busch, S.H.  Racial/ethnic disparity trends in children’s mental health care access and expenditures from 2002 to 2007.  Health Services Research;48(1):129-149, Feb. 2013. 

Lopez, L., and Jha, A.K.  Outcomes for whites and blacks at hospitals that disproportionately care for black Medicare beneficiaries.  Health Services Research;48(1):114-128, Feb. 2013. 

Shi, L., and others.  Reducing disparities in access to primary care and patient satisfaction with care: the role of health centers.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved;24(1):56-66, Feb. 2013.

Health Care Interpreter Network.  Oaklad, CA:  California Healthcare Foundation, Feb. 2013.

Dimensions of diversity.  Healthcare Executive.  28(1):42, 44-46, 48, 50, 52, Jan./Feb. 2013.

Disparities Research for Change: Finding Answers Intervention Research (FAIR) Database. Solving, accessed Jan. 4, 2013 at

Leveraging culture to address health inequalities:  Examples from Native communities:  Workshop summary (2013).  Washington:  The National Academies Press, 2013.

Diversity and Disparities: a Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals in 2013.  Chicago:  Institute of Diversity in Health Management.

Larger, R.  We are family: marketing to Hispanic Medicare patients is a community effort.  Marketing Health Services;32(1):16-21, Winter 2012.

Safford, M., and others.  Association of race and sex with risk of incident acute coronary heart disease events.  Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).  308(17):1768-1774, Nov. 7, 2012.

Daviglus, M., and others.  Prevalence of major cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular disease among Hispanic/Latino individuals of diverse backgrounds in the United States.  Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).  308(17):1775-1784, Nov. 7, 2012.

Krupa, C. Report spells out 6 steps to reduce health disparities.  Sept. 3, 2012.

Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficency.  A Guide for Hospitals.  Rockville, MD:  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Sept. 2012.

Birk, S.  All of us: embracing diversity in healthcare.  Healthcare Executive;27(4):30-32, 34-36, 38, July/Aug. 2012.

Oh, J.  AF4Q hospitals improve readmissions, language services and other quality measures.  Becker's Hospital Review.  July 31, 2012.

Hobby, F.  Health care facing a disparities tsunami.  H&HN.  July 2, 2012.

Wilder, S., Szpytek, S., and Groeneweg, C.  Disaster preparedness refresher: frequent drills can help uncover any holes in emergency plans.  Provider;38(7):43-44, July 2012.

Cultivating Culturally Competent Organizations: Making the Transition for Health Equity.  Washington, DC:  Grant Makers Health.  June 18, 2012.

Elnashar, M., Abdelrahim, H., and Fetters, M.D.  Cultural competence springs up in the desert: the story of the Center for Cultural Competence in Health Care at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.  Academic Medicine;87(6):759-766, June 2012. 

Peek, M.E., and others.  A study of national physician organizations’ efforts to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States.  Academic Medicine;87(6):694-700, June 2012.  

Diversity & Disparities: a Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals.  June 2012.

Berenson, J., and others.  Achieving Better Quality of Care for Low-Income Populations:  The Roles of Health Insurance and the Medical Home in Reducig Health Inequities.  New York:  The Commonwealth Fund, May 16, 2012.

Eliminating Health Care Disparities: Implementing the National Call to Action UsingLessons Learned.  Apr. 2012.

Weisman, J., and others.  Pay-for-performance programs to reduce racial/ethnic disparities.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  23(1):144-160, Feb. 2012.

Eliminating Health Care Disparities:  Implementing the National Call to Auction Using Lessons Learned.  Chicago:  American Hospital Association, Feb. 2012.

Chin, M., and others.  A roadmap and best practices for organizations to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care.  Journal of General Internal Medicine.  27(8):992-1000, 2012.


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