AHA Equity of Care Award

Leadership is needed to direct resources and programs aimed at reducing health care disparitities and increasing diversity in leadership and staff positions. This award honors care systems that have been successful at achieving the following goals:

Leadership is needed to direct resources and programs aimed at reducing health care disparitities and increasing diversity in leadership and staff positions. This award honors care systems that have been successful at achieving the following goals:

  • Recognize outstanding efforts among hospitals and care systems to advance equity of care;
  • Increase awareness of the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities and its stated goals and milestones to eliminate health care disparities; and
  • Spread lessons learned and progress toward health care equity and the promotion of diversity.

2015 Winners

  • Henry Ford Health System, Detroit
    • A 57 percent increase in minorities holding leadership positions and a 44 percent increase in females holding leadership positions (2009-2014).
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.
    • Reduced 30-day readmission rate for low-income patietns from 13 to 5.2 percent in one year.
  • Honoree: AnMed Health, Anderson , S.C.
    • A disparities dashboard that provides access to REAL data
  • Honoree: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
    • Created a 'disparities navigator' by employing technology to exmine different health outcomes to created effective interventions

2014 Winners

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Honoree: University Hospitals, Cleveland
  • Honoree: Henry Ford Health System , Detroit
  • Honeoree: Lutheran HealthCare, Brooklyn, N.Y.

For more information contact equityaward@aha.org