Reducing Health Care Disparities

An individual's health is influenced by many different factors, including inherited traits, the health care received, individual habits and choices, and different community and environmental factors.

Research has shown that individuals of color, of various ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientation, or with limited English proficiency have less access to care, receive different care and often have worse health than those who are white.

AHA and its members strive to help all individuals achieve their highest potential for health. In particular, AHA is focusing on ensuring that everyone in the U.S. has access to the care they need when they need it, and that it is safely and efficiently delivered.

We also are collaborating with other key stakeholders in communities across the nation to promote better health in every community, especially where currently disparities in health outcomes exist. This includes helping to improve measurement to identify disparities, encouraging adoption of the #123forEquity campaign to eliminate disparities, and promoting efforts to share practices that have successfully helped to reduce or eliminate disparities.

Read on for more and visit our Institute for Diversity and Health Equity at www.diversityconnection.org for additional resources. 

Scanning the Headlines: Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Updated on November 17, 2017 Links to full-text articles are provided where available. For information on obtaining print copies of articles, please call the AHA Resource Center at (312) 422-2050. Thomas-Henkel, C., and Schulman, M. (2017, Oct.). Screening for Social Determinants o...

Related Resources

Toolkits/Methodology
Introduction According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 1900 only one in eight Americans was of a race other than white.
Videos
Public
Nicholas Tejeda and Ninfa M. Saunders announce the launch of the AHA's Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.
Case Studies
Cleveland, OH October 2017
Press Releases
The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (Institute), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), today announced its 2018 chair of its board…
Webinar Recordings
Public
Equity of Care Webinar Series
Press Releases
Public
Press Release AHA Recognizes Kaiser Permanente with 2017 Equity of Care Award Kaiser Perm