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Using SDOH Data to Reduce Breast Cancer

Oct 16, 2020
Access to potentially life-saving mammograms is more difficult for women who face with social determinants of health such as low-income, lack of transportation or the inability to take time off from work.
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Innovative program targets breast cancer disparities

Oct 22, 2020
AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity talks with Deepa Sheth, M.D., oncologist and assistant professor of radiology at University of Chicago Medicine, about the health system’s innovative strategy to increase breast cancer screening to reduce disparities, supported by a grant from IFDHE and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
CDO Spotlight

Spotlight Feature: Catching Breast Cancer Early through Expanded Community Outreach

Nov 2, 2020
In this Spotlight Feature interview, Pamela S. Ganschow, M.D., describes the approach and strategy behind the Cook County Health, Stroger Hospital (bCRISP) initiative and how it’s designed to make a difference.
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Members in Action: SDOH data drives efforts to reduce breast cancer disparities

Nov 25, 2020
Parkland Hospital & Health System uses social determinants of health data to guide its efforts to reduce incidents of breast cancer in women who are economically vulnerable and experience challenges accessing care.
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AHA releases podcast on using SDOH data to reduce breast cancer

Oct 16, 2020
Access to potentially life-saving mammograms is more difficult for women who face social determinants of health such as low-income, lack of transportation or the inability to take time off from work.
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Spotlight Feature: Innovative Steps for Identifying Disparities in Fighting Breast Cancer

Oct 14, 2020
In this Spotlight Feature, Deepa Sheth, M.D. and Assistant Professor of Radiology, Breast Imaging Oncologist with University of Chicago Medicine talks about UChicago’s SCreening OutReach and Engagement (SCORE) breast cancer prevention initiative.
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Medicare to cover NGS for patients with inherited ovarian, breast cancer

Jan 28, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a national decision to cover diagnostic laboratory tests using next generation sequencing for certain Medicare patients with inherited ovarian or breast cancer.
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Spotlight: OSF Medical Center Building Better Connections to Improve Health Equity for Breast Cancer Prevention

Mar 24, 2021
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CDC early detection program sees sharp decline in breast, cervical cancer screening

Jul 7, 2021
The total number of cancer screening tests women received through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program declined by 87% for breast cancer and 84% for cervical cancer during April 2020 in comparison to the past 5-year averages for that month, the CDC reported recently. 
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The Value Initiative Members in Action: Parkland Health & Hospital System – Dallas, Texas

Nov 25, 2020
Parkland Health & Hospital System – Dallas, Texas Using SDOH Data to Reduce Breast Cancer
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Report: Cancer death rate decline in U.S. spurred in part by rapid decrease in deaths from lung cancer, melanoma

Jul 8, 2021
The National Institutes of Health today in its Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer highlighted an overall decline in can
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H-ISAC TLP Green Daily Cyber Headlines - May 4, 2022

May 4, 2022
H-ISAC TLP Green Daily Cyber Headlines for May 4, 2022.
AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan

Data-Driven Initiative Drives Down Disparities in Rural Health Care

Feb 23, 2021
Identifying the underlying factors that contribute to disparities in outcomes in vulnerable rural populations and developing strategies to address these issues remain constant challenges, but progress is being made. OSF Healthcare’s Health Equities Action Lab (HEAL) is employing a data-driven strategy to address breast cancer disparity outcomes among its Illinois patients, 65% of whom live in rural areas.
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Health Equity Grant Program

Jul 14, 2020
Safe, equitable and high quality health care for all is the common goal of an innovative partnership between the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL). To spread this initiative to support underserved communities throughout Illinois, a new partnership grant program was launched in 2020 to help hospitals and health systems expand services related to maternal and child health, pediatric asthma, adult diabetes, breast cancer and geographic disparities, including access to care in rural communities.
AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan

3 Data-Driven Keys to Address Health Equity

Mar 9, 2021
The Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas has been working with Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI), an independent collaborator, to use social needs data to identify women who are economically vulnerable and face challenges accessing care and may be at an elevated risk for breast cancer.
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Blog: Breaking down barriers to greater health equity

Jul 28, 2020
A blog co-authored by Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of AHA’s Physician Alliance and interim executive lead of AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and Derek Robinson, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, highlights the 13 newly announced Illinois-based hospitals who are AHA and BCBSIL’s recipients of health equity grants.

Health Equity Grant Focus Areas

Jul 17, 2020
IFDHE has gathered a list of resources about the Health Equity Grant focus areas.
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CDC: Breast cancer death rates falling, but disparities remain

Oct 14, 2016
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
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AHA, BCBSIL announce health equity grant recipients

Jul 20, 2020
The AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois July 20 announced grant program awards to support the work of 13 Illinois hospitals and health care organizations in reducing disparities in health care.
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Role of Hospitals: OSF HealthCare

Jun 21, 2022
OSF HealthCare, based in Peoria, Illinois, launched OSF Innovation to “embrace change and take on the largest health care challenges.” The team assessed what was needed to improve health outcomes and safety, increase access to care and make care more affordable.
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American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois’ Health Equity Grant Program

Dec 26, 2019
WASHINGTON (December 16, 2019) – The American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today ann
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Health Equity Grant Program Overview

Jul 14, 2020
The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) are committed to eliminating health care disparities by ensuring individuals in every community receive high-quality, equitable and safe care. As a part of this commitment, IFDHE and BCBSIL are co-sponsoring a grant to extend financial support for one year to 13 AHA member hospitals that are part of the BCBSIL provider networks.

Health Equity Grant News

Jul 14, 2020
News coverage on health disparity and initiatives to improve health equity in the U.S.
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FDA: Record number of generic drugs approved in FY 2019

Oct 17, 2019
The Food and Drug Administration approved a record high 1,171 generic drugs in fiscal year 2019, the agency said today.
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IFDHE, BCBS of Illinois announce new grant for health equity efforts  

Dec 16, 2019
The AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois today announced a joint collaboration and one-year grant program to support hospitals in eliminating health care disparities and working toward ensuring individuals in every community receive safe, equitable and high-quality care.
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Society updates breast cancer screening guidelines

Oct 20, 2015
The American Cancer Society today recommended women at average risk for breast cancer receive screening mammograms a

The Road to Health Equity Must Encompass a Strategy for Equitable Digital Health

May 11, 2022
Edmondo Robinson, M.D., MBA, MS, FACP, senior vice president and chief digital officer at Moffitt Cancer Center spoke with Julia Resnick, director of strategic initiatives at the American Hospital Association about how Moffitt’s approach to digital health improves equity for the patients they serve.
AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan

AI Image Recognition Moves from Radiology to Pathology

Jul 23, 2019
Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and med-tech computational pathology startup Paige say they’ve developed a clinical-grade artificial intelligence model to detect cancer in tissue slides with near-perfect accuracy.
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Hospitals and health systems are getting behind early detection, prevention

Sep 26, 2018
St. John’s Hospitals in Oxnard, Calif., are ensuring local women get needed preventive cancer care regardless of their income status; Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford streamlines detection of developmental challenges in young people; and Canton, Ohio-based Aultman Health Foundation puts the work in to prevent falls among its senior community.
AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan

COVID-19 Didn’t Stop Health Care Disruptors from Moving Forward

Jan 12, 2021
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic turbulence last year, some of America’s largest companies were forced to reexamine their strategies to disrupt health care in an effort to reduce costs, increase access and forge stronger bonds with consumers. Some, like Amazon, CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Walmart, added to the number of their early brick-and-mortar primary care locations to serve their customers or employees.
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Meet the Grantees

Jul 15, 2020
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AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Of Illinois Announce Joint Collaboration

Dec 16, 2019
The American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today announced a joint collaboration and one-year grant program to support hospitals in eliminating health care disparities and working toward ensuring individuals in every community receive safe, equitable and high-quality care.
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Patients, advocates urge Senate to protect health coverage

Jun 21, 2017
At an event today in Reno, NV, patients and other health care advocates urged the U.S. Senate to protect coverage for patients as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C.
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AHA’s IFDHE Along with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Announce Grant Program Award Recipients

Jul 20, 2020
The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announced grant program awards to support the work of 13 Illinois hospitals and health care organizations in reducing disparities in health care.
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Provider-payer collaboration looks at opportunities to eliminate health disparities

Dec 16, 2019
Hospitals and health systems are working every day to improve the patient experience and eliminate health disparities. But this work cannot be done in silos. Achieving health equity requires contributions from all of us – providers, payers, community-based organizations, public health advocates, employers and local, state and federal partners. 
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Erie County Medical Center – Mobile Mammography Coach

Sep 9, 2016
What is it? Through its community-based approach, the Mobile Mammography Coach increases mammography outreach, education and screening among women in the identified areas.
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Addressing social needs and social determinants of health — what comes next?

Nov 26, 2019
Hospitals and health systems can use data and metrics to guide their strategies on social needs and social determinants, writes Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s The Value Initiative.
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Hospitals Are Essential Anchors in Their Communities

Oct 13, 2017
Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care.
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Breaking Down Barriers to Greater Health Equity

Jul 20, 2020
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CDC: Colorectal cancer screening rates nearly double over 15 years

Mar 6, 2017
More than six in 10 men and women surveyed in 2015 reported receiving recommended screening tests for colorectal cancer, nearly double the rate in 2000, according to a new
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Patients, health care advocates call on Senate to protect coverage

Jun 21, 2017
At an event today in Reno, NV, patients and other health care advocates called on the Senate to protect coverage for patients as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C.
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Improving Quality and Patient Safety

Feb 1, 2018
The Members in Action series highlights how hospitals and health systems are implementing new value-based strategies to improve health care affordability. This includes the work described below to improve quality and outcomes.
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Expansion of an Oncology Rehabilitation Service Line

Sep 16, 2016
This project explains how a multisite, outpatient breast cancer and lymphedema rehabilitation program expanded into a certified, multidisciplinary oncology rehabilitation service line to meet the n
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WVU Hospitals - Bonnie's Bus

Jan 1, 2016
What is it?Bonnie’s Bus is a self-contained, mobile digital mammography unit that travels across the rural, underserved areas of West Virginia, offering breast cancer screenings in a comfo
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Holy Cross Hospital - Partners in Breast Health

Jan 1, 2016
What is it?Launched in 2011, the Holy Cross Hospital Partners in Breast Health program provides free outreach education, clinical breast exams, screening mammograms and diagnostic procedur
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Senate leaders unveil draft health care bill

Jun 23, 2017
The AHA Thursday called on the Senate to “go back to the drawing board” on its newly released
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Brattleboro Memorial Hospital - Comprehensive Breast Care

Jan 1, 2016
What is it?The hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Care program provides a multidisciplinary spectrum of services including screening, prevention, surgery, post-surgical treatments and complem