Reducing Healthcare Disparities https://www.aha.org/ en Equity Through Precision Heart Care with Cleerly, Inc. and Lee Health System https://www.aha.org/advancing-health-podcast/2022-06-17-equity-through-precision-heart-care-cleerly-inc-and-lee-health <span class="title">Equity Through Precision Heart Care with Cleerly, Inc. and Lee Health System</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 17, 2022 - 09:16 AM</span> <div class="body"><p>Dr. Leon D. Caldwell, Senior Director, Health Equity Strategies and Innovation, in the Institute of Diversity and Health Equity at the AHA, sits down with Dr. James Min, CEO and Co-founder of AHA Associate, Cleerly, as well as Dr. Richard Chazal, Senior Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heart &amp; Vascular Institute at Lee Health System. Dr. Min and Dr. Chazal are at the forefront of a new population-based, precision heart care approach that is transforming the historical approach to cardiovascular care by treating the actual disease instead of symptoms. Together, they discuss how this new standard of care ultimately impacts health equity.</p> <hr /> <p><iframe allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/1287327220&amp;color=%23003087&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/advancinghealth" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Advancing Health">Advancing Health</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/advancinghealth/review3-cleerlypodcast-associates-advancinghealth" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Equity Through Precision Heart Care with Cleerly, Inc. and Lee Health System">Equity Through Precision Heart Care with Cleerly, Inc. and Lee Health System</a></div> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/health-equity" class="topic" hreflang="en">Health Equity</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/social-determinants-health" hreflang="en">Social Determinants of Health</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/disparitiesequity-care" hreflang="en">Disparities/Equity of Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/reducing-healthcare-disparities" hreflang="en">Reducing Healthcare Disparities</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/advancing-health-podcast" hreflang="en">Advancing Health Podcast</a></div> </div> <div class="field_audience_type_of_person"> <div>Audience - Type of person</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" hreflang="en">Hospital/Health System</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/5517" hreflang="en">Diversity and Inclusion</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/162" hreflang="en">Physician Leader</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/5516" hreflang="en">Population Health/Community</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field_audience_type_of_hospital"> <div>Audience - Type of hospital</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/5521" hreflang="en">Hospital Departments</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/5522" hreflang="en">Community Health</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/5529" hreflang="en">Diversity, Equity and Inclusion</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/5528" hreflang="en">Population Health</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/5527" hreflang="en">Quality &amp; Patient Safety</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:16:54 +0000 Matthew Diener 684220 at https://www.aha.org AWS’ Latest Accelerator Aims to Give a Boost to Health-Equity Startups https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2022-06-07-aws-latest-accelerator-aims-give-boost-health <span class="title">AWS’ Latest Accelerator Aims to Give a Boost to Health-Equity Startups</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 07, 2022 - 08:27 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="AWS’ Latest Accelerator Aims to Give a Boost to Health-Equity Startups. A seated black mother in a winter coat and hat holds her baby who is wrapped in a blanket." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8e51e4c4-4570-4e65-9bf0-0d415c3ef48b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AWS-Latest-Accelerator-Aims-to-Give-a-Boost-to-Health-Equity-Startups.jpg" style="width: 100%;" width="620" height="381" loading="lazy" /></p> <p>Finding solutions to help the more than 3.6 million Americans who miss or delay their health care appointments each year because they lack transportation is no simple process. In 2016, a Philadelphia-based startup <a href="https://roundtriphealth.com/" target="_blank" title="Rountrip homepage">Roundtrip</a> teamed with a group of local health care providers, including nurses, physicians, social workers and transportation providers to examine the process for arranging trips for those in need.</p> <p>A year later, Roundtrip’s three founders used design-thinking methodology to create their on-demand transportation company. The firm provides nonemergency medical transportation to providers and patients. Roundtrip’s <a href="https://roundtriphealth.com/health-systems/" target="_blank" title="Roundtrip: Inside our digital transportation solution">customized online marketplace and digital tools</a> connect patients with the type of rides they need — from ride shares and medical sedans to wheelchair vans and stretcher vehicles.</p> <p>This year, with support from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Roundtrip will scale in California by launching a pilot with <a href="https://cchealth.org/" target="_blank" title="Contra Costa Health Services homepage">Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS)</a> to increase call center efficiency. Together, AWS, CCHS and Roundtrip will design and implement automated <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/connect/" target="_blank" title="Amazon Connect landing page">Amazon Connect</a> cloud-based contact center infrastructure and incorporate machine learning services such as <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/lex/" target="_blank" title="Amazon Lex: Build chatbots with conversational AI landing page.">Amazon Lex</a> and <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/polly/" target="_blank" title="Amazon Polly: Turn text into lifelike speech using deep learning landing page.">Amazon Polly</a> to make it easier to book rides for vulnerable people who need care.</p> <p>Roundtrip’s continuing development can be traced in part to AWS’ <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/government-education/nonprofits/global-social-impact/health-equity/" target="_blank" title="AWS: New Global Program to Help Customers Develop Cloud Solutions to Advance Health Equity">Health Equity Initiative</a>, a three-year $40 million commitment to help its health care customers develop cloud-based solutions to reduce health disparities.</p> <p>Now AWS has launched its <a href="https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/aws/new-aws-healthcare-accelerator-focuses-on-health-equity" target="_blank" title="Amazon: New AWS Healthcare Accelerator focuses on health equity">second health care accelerator</a> to support 10 startups with U.S.-based operations through a four-week technical, business and mentorship program. Applications are due July 1, and the program begins in late August.</p> <p>The new health care accelerator will consider startups focused on increasing access to health services, reducing disparities by addressing social factors influencing health and using data to promote equitable and inclusive systems of health. Participating startups will be eligible for:</p> <ul><li>Up to $25,000 in AWS promotional credits.</li> <li>Connections to venture capital firms through AWS’ innovation network.</li> <li>Collaboration opportunities with other AWS health care customers and AWS partners.</li> <li>Specialized AWS training and mentoring from domain and technical subject matter experts.</li> <li>Guidance on business development and fundraising from AWS and accelerator collaborators.</li> <li>Go-to-market planners.</li> </ul><p>Applications are available on the <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/government-education/nonprofits/global-social-impact/health-equity/" target="_blank" title="AWS: New Global Program to Help Customers Develop Cloud Solutions to Advance Health Equity">AWS Healthcare Accelerator</a> webpage.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2022-06/AWS-Latest-Accelerator-Aims-to-Give-a-Boost-to-Health-Equity-Startups.jpg" width="620" height="381" alt="AWS’ Latest Accelerator Aims to Give a Boost to Health-Equity Startups. 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Latino doctor examining African-American child on mother&#039;s lap who is playing with the doctor&#039;s stethoscope." loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p class="paragraph"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="user-select:text"><span style="-webkit-user-drag:none"><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color:transparent"><span style="overflow-wrap:break-word"><span style="white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-kerning:none"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accepting submissions for a special supplement to Public Health Reports on strategies for reducing health disparities and accelerating progress toward health equity. Abstracts are due June 21 by 11:59 p.m. ET; full manuscripts are due Sept. 21. <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/phr/PHR-2022-OMHHE-Call-For-Papers.pdf">LEARN MORE.</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/reducing-healthcare-disparities" class="topic" hreflang="en">Reducing Healthcare Disparities</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Thu, 02 Jun 2022 04:59:04 +0000 kpage_drupal 683952 at https://www.aha.org Members in Action Case Study: Care Navigation for High-Risk Moms to Combat Disparate Outcomes https://www.aha.org/2022-05-25-members-action-case-study-care-navigation-high-risk-moms-combat-disparate-outcomes <span class="title">Members in Action Case Study: Care Navigation for High-Risk Moms to Combat Disparate Outcomes</span> <span class="uid"><span>asyeda_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">May 25, 2022 - 12:57 PM</span> <div class="body"><p>Northwell Health is the largest health care provider and private employer in New York with 22 hospitals, outpatient facilities and more than 78,000 employees. The system serves communities in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. Through its MOMs program, Northwell Health seeks to decrease the incidence of preventable maternal morbidity and mortality in its community, especially for women of color, by focusing on care before conception, during pregnancy and through the “fourth trimester” — the 12 weeks after delivery.</p> <p><iframe allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/1152035596&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/advancinghealth" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Advancing Health">Advancing Health</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/advancinghealth/moms-collaborative-reduces-disparate-outcomes-with-northwell-health" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="MOMS Collaborative Reduces Disparate Outcomes with Northwell Health">MOMS Collaborative Reduces Disparate Outcomes with Northwell Health</a></div> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/maternal-and-child-health" class="topic" hreflang="en">Maternal and Child Health</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/health-equity" hreflang="en">Health Equity</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/reducing-healthcare-disparities" hreflang="en">Reducing Healthcare Disparities</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/case-studies" hreflang="en">Case Studies</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_lead"><p>Northwell Health, New York</p> </div> <div class="field_promoted_search_terms"> <div>Promoted Search Terms</div> <div>Northwell Health, members in action, case study, health equity</div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <h4 class="page-header">Key Resources</h4> <div class="field_related_files file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <div> <article> <div class="field_media_file"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="/system/files/media/file/2022/05/members-in-action-northwell-health-case-study.pdf" type="application/pdf" title="Members in Action Case Study: Care Navigation for High-Risk Moms to Combat Disparate Outcomes">Members in Action Case Study: Care Navigation for High-Risk Moms to Combat Disparate Outcomes</a></span> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Wed, 25 May 2022 17:57:02 +0000 asyeda_drupal 683837 at https://www.aha.org The Road to Health Equity Must Encompass a Strategy for Equitable Digital Health https://www.aha.org/2022-05-11-road-health-equity-must-encompass-strategy-equitable-digital-health <span class="title">The Road to Health Equity Must Encompass a Strategy for Equitable Digital Health</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">May 11, 2022 - 10:00 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-6"> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic proved how important technology is for keeping us connected. Telehealth visits and video calls kept isolation at bay and care continuing. Yet, because of institutional and structural issues, many people from historically marginalized communities continue to lack access to the internet or the skills to fully engage with digital health tools, such as patient portals, apps and telehealth platforms. Designing health technology to meet the needs of these individuals is a fundamental pathway to improve health equity. Yet discussions around health equity rarely focus on technology, while discussions around health technology rarely focus on equity. As digital health continues to expand, health care organizations must include a digital health equity strategy to ensure that all in their communities can access needed medical and social services.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-6"> <p><img alt="Edmondo Robinson, M.D., MBA, MS, FACP, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Moffitt Cancer Center." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="35dfb909-dd4c-4e69-a0bf-736f449953a0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Edmondo-Robinson-headshot.jpg" width="731" height="553" loading="lazy" /></p> <p><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Edmondo Robinson, M.D., MBA, MS, FACP</strong></span><br /> Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer<br /><span style="color:#307fe2;"><strong>Moffitt Cancer Center</strong></span></p> </div> </div> <p>Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, is mission driven to prevent cancer. The only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center in Florida, Moffitt cares for people from all over the country and around the world. <strong>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</strong> about how Moffitt’s approach to digital health improves equity for the patients they serve. <em>This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.</em></p> <p><span style="color:#307fe2;"><strong><em>What does digital health equity mean to you?</em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Dr. Robinson:</strong></span> You have three loaded terms: digital, health and equity. So, let’s start with health equity – the idea that every person should have the opportunity to attain their full health status without being disadvantaged by social platform position or socially determined circumstances.</p> <p>Digital is very broad. It encompasses everything from broadband to hardware to telemedicine to artificial intelligence to leveraging predictive tools and predictive analytics to remote patient monitoring to digital therapeutics, to social media, apps, connected devices and wearables. But also think about robotic process automation; being able to automate your processes within your back office, so that you can be much more efficient.</p> <p>Now, if you put the digital lens on health equity, what we are saying is that digital health access is a socially determined circumstance. So, if health equity is the ability to attain your full potential for health without being encumbered by social determinants, and digital is a social determinant, therefore, digital health equity is the ability to fulfill your best health potential without being encumbered by lack of access to digital tools and technology.</p> <p><span style="color:#307fe2;"><strong><em>Why is digital health equity a priority for Moffitt?</em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Dr. Robinson:</strong></span> As part of Moffitt’s mission, our job is to present cutting-edge treatments in the quest to prevent and cure cancer; digital is increasingly going to be a tool in the toolbox to get there. We must leverage digital as a core tool for all those that we care for − not just for people who have money, who have insurance or jobs. That means that equity is core to our mission and values − to make sure that we are reaching all of those that need our services.</p> <p><span style="color:#307fe2;"><strong><em>What is Moffitt’s Center for Digital Health?</em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Dr. Robinson:</strong></span> The Center for Digital Health is a unique structure for a health care provider, certainly in the cancer center space. We are creating a structure around technology to support the entire enterprise. And we do not have a separate digital strategy. Our approach is to develop an enterprise-wide strategy that leverages and is enabled by digital. For example, the more efficient we are in a back office by leveraging digital technology, the more we can focus on direct clinical care and research.</p> <p>The Center for Digital Health has three complementary departments. The core is the information technology (IT) department, led by our chief information officer, and contains all the elements that comprise a typical IT department in a health system, including cybersecurity, application support and infrastructure. The other two areas are a bit more unique. One is health data services, which is led by our chief data officer who is focused on using data as a tool to drive discovery, clinical care and optimal business processes. The third is the digital innovation department where we focus on ideating and creating the technology assets of the future – thinking about everything from the consumer voice and their needs to robotic process automation and remote patient monitoring. Those three departments work interdependently to drive the Center for Digital Health.</p> <p><span style="color:#307fe2;"><strong><em>How is the Center driving digital health equity?</em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Dr. Robinson:</strong></span> We've been focused on digital access because access is a core component of digital equity. That may mean access to broadband, hardware, knowledge and more. Additionally, digital literacy is an important concept. There is also a design component in making digital tools equitable – everything from language translation options to font size for the visually impaired. It is increasingly important to bake equity into the design of digital tools.</p> <p>Something else we are exploring is how we can use digital tools to decrease some of the disparities that we have in health care delivery. For example, as an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, we do a significant amount of research, including clinical trials. But can we explore an opportunity to increase the diversity of the clinical trial participants by leveraging an AI clinical trials matching tool?</p> <p>A recent project with our Center was the use of digital tools for engagement and outreach. It was a quick 2-3 week pilot project focused on breast cancer screening in predominantly African American communities where women are disproportionately affected by breast cancer. By leveraging digital tools, we were able to increase our engagement by about 25 times and we developed 10 times as many partnerships as we would have otherwise been able to. We've projected that we could possibly increase our screening by 1,300 women based on the work from this pilot project alone. That's the power of the digital tools if you really leverage them to focus on equity.</p> <p><span style="color:#307fe2;"><strong><em>What do you think that hospitals across the country can do on digital health equity and what is their role in this space?</em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Dr. Robinson:</strong></span> First you just need to identify that digital health equity is an issue. You have to acknowledge that 1) digital is important and 2) that equity is important. If your hospital has not identified equity as a core component of what you do, then you've got to start there. And if your hospital hasn’t identified digital as a core tool that you're going to leverage moving forward then you must go there as well. So, if digital is important and equity is important, then digital equity should be equally important. The next step is what you are going to do about it. Inclusion of digital health equity in your strategic planning is critically important. It seems like a simple first step, but it serves as a prerequisite for any future activities.</p> <p><span style="color:#307fe2;"><strong><em>How do you make the case to health care leaders that digital health equity is a worthwhile investment?</em></strong></span></p> <p.><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Dr. Robinson:</strong></span> Because of the equity piece, much of this work is mission driven. But there are two scenarios at play: one where you don't want to be behind and there is one where you could be ahead. If you have not started to develop a strategy that leverages digital you're going to be behind. But the other case is if you become really good at digital, you're going to be more efficient and effective. And as you are managing populations and taking on risk, if you want to manage larger populations you need to leverage digital tools that you can scale with much more efficiency. You are going to improve your quality, your engagement, your outreach – and ultimately you will improve equity. <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#307fe2;"><strong>What are your recommendations for health care leaders who want to get started in digital health equity?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Dr. Robinson:</strong></span> I think it goes back to this idea of having strategies around digital and health equity. I'm going make an assumption that health equity is somewhere in your mission. You absolutely cannot assume that the digital folks know anything about health equity, especially if you bring them in from outside of health care. On the other side, the health equity experts may not know much about digital. That bi-directional learning can be very powerful.</p> <p>This work requires leadership and investment in the people, tools, technology and infrastructure to build a digital core. Once you have your leadership and your investments in digital, you need to make sure that your mission-driven focus on health equity is baked into the digital aspects that you're building out. Then you hold your digital leadership accountable to that mission around health equity. Organizations that proclaim the importance of digital but do not have an identified digital senior leader are just talking, they aren’t doing.</p> <p><span style="color:#307fe2;"><strong><em>Any parting words of wisdom?</em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Dr. Robinson:</strong></span> The time to start is now. Go for it. We are all trying to build the plane in the air. There might be some stumbles along the way, but we need to understand how to learn from those failures so that we improve over time. Being overly risk averse in digital holds us back from setting high goals and innovating. Understanding how to fail in digital is going to be an important skill for hospitals to advance their digital health equity strategies.</p> <p><em>More AHA resources about digital health equity are available at <a href="/digitalequity">www.aha.org/digitalequity</a>.</em></p> <p><em>For health equity resources, explore the Health Equity Roadmap at <a href="http://www.equity.aha.org/">www.equity.aha.org</a> and the Societal Factors Framework at <a href="/societalfactors">www.aha.org/societalfactors</a>.</em></p> </p.><strong></strong></div> <div class="col-md-4"> <center> <p><a href="/system/files/media/file/2022/05/Edmondo-Robinson-Digital-Health-Equity.pdf" target="_blank" title="Click here to download The Road to Health Equity Must Encompass a Strategy for Equitable Digital Health PDF."><img alt="The Road to Health Equity Must Encompass a Strategy for Equitable Digital Health page 1." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fc70d3cc-e2eb-4bb3-9199-8d90b127bd76" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Page-1-Edmondo-Robinson-Digital-Health-Equity.png" style="border: solid black 1px;" width="1700" height="2200" loading="lazy" /></a></p> </center> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2022-05/Edmondo-Robinson-headshot.jpg" width="731" height="553" alt="Edmondo Robinson, M.D., MBA, MS, FACP, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Moffitt Cancer Center." loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/health-equity" class="topic" hreflang="en">Health Equity</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/accelerating-health-equity-conference" hreflang="en">Accelerating Health Equity Conference</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/disparitiesequity-care" hreflang="en">Disparities/Equity of Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/reducing-healthcare-disparities" hreflang="en">Reducing Healthcare Disparities</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/leveraging-technology" hreflang="en">Leveraging Technology</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/technology-strategy" hreflang="en">Technology Strategy</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_lead"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p>In this interview with Edmondo Robinson, MD, Chief Digital Officer, Moffitt Cancer Center, he discusses how his hospital is applying a health equity lens to their digital strategy.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <center> <div><a class="btn btn-wide btn-primary" href="/system/files/media/file/2022/05/Edmondo-Robinson-Digital-Health-Equity.pdf" target="_blank" title="Click here to download The Road to Health Equity Must Encompass a Strategy for Equitable Digital Health PDF.">Download the PDF</a></div> </center> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <h4 class="page-header">Key Resources</h4> <div class="field_related_files file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <div> <article> <div class="field_media_file"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="/system/files/media/file/2022/05/Edmondo-Robinson-Digital-Health-Equity.pdf" type="application/pdf" title="The Road to Health Equity Must Encompass a Strategy for Equitable Digital Health">The Road to Health Equity Must Encompass a Strategy for Equitable Digital Health PDF</a></span> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Wed, 11 May 2022 15:00:00 +0000 Matthew Diener 683588 at https://www.aha.org Chair file: Accelerating Health Equity: A Time for Action https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2022-05-02-chair-file-accelerating-health-equity-time-action <span class="title">Chair file: Accelerating Health Equity: A Time for Action</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">May 2, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2022-01/lassiter-wright-900x400.jpg?itok=9MFy45es" width="900" height="400" alt="Wright L. Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System and AHA Board Chair, headshot." loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>It was great to connect with so many colleagues last week at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. One of my priorities as chair is to keep listening to the priorities of leaders in our field as they support millions of team members who go to work each and every day to deliver healing, health and wellness to communities across our country.</p> <p>One priority for hospitals and health systems is advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. The AHA’s next gathering, the <a href="https://www.aha.org/accelerating-health-equity">Accelerating Health Equity Conference</a>, May 10–12 in Cleveland, will focus on that topic.</p> <p>Led by the AHA Community Health Improvement network and the AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, this conference is an excellent opportunity for individuals and teams charged with improving community and population health, health equity, diversity and inclusion to convene, listen to one another and learn.</p> <p>The AHA’s recently released Health Equity Roadmap will come to life in Cleveland, as the conference content is organized around the Roadmap’s <a href="https://equity.aha.org/the-six-levers-of-transformation" target="_blank">six Levers of Transformation</a>. Attendees will learn strategies and tactics to put the Roadmap into practice.</p> <p>I encourage you to check out the <a href="https://web.cvent.com/event/efb71c93-6768-4141-b8fa-9b54477449b9/websitePage:66f86fee-8ef6-4668-8000-e6afb3218890" target="_blank">conference agenda</a> highlighting keynote speakers and breakout sessions — there’s still time to sign up to participate.</p> <p>The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequity, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”</p> <p>During the past two years, we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbate long-standing health care disparities and inequities. Systemic inequities, such as structural racism and economic disadvantages within diverse communities, continue to prevent individuals and communities from achieving optimal health, thus leading to avoidable differences in health outcomes.</p> <p>At the same time, the pandemic has elevated the need for hospitals and community-based organizations to connect, collaborate and take action to eliminate the drivers of poor health and advance equitable outcomes for patients, families and communities.</p> <p>Let’s renew our efforts around diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. We must continue to engage with and invest in our neighborhoods and one another in new and important ways to accelerate health equity.</p> <p>Wright L. Lassiter III<br /> AHA Chair</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Wright L. Lassiter III, Chair, American Hospital Association</span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/health-equity" class="topic" hreflang="en">Health Equity</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/accelerating-health-equity-conference" hreflang="en">Accelerating Health Equity Conference</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/disparitiesequity-care" hreflang="en">Disparities/Equity of Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/reducing-healthcare-disparities" hreflang="en">Reducing Healthcare Disparities</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/community-health-improvement-week-chiweek" hreflang="en">Community Health Improvement Week (CHIWeek)</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/association-community-health-improvement-achi" hreflang="en">Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI)</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 02 May 2022 17:30:46 +0000 Matthew Diener 683495 at https://www.aha.org Live from AHA Annual Meeting: Beyond Disparities to Equitable Health Systems https://www.aha.org/advancing-health-podcast/2022-04-25-live-aha-annual-meeting-beyond-disparities-equitable-health <span class="title">Live from AHA Annual Meeting: Beyond Disparities to Equitable Health Systems</span> <span class="uid"><span>dsamuels_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Apr 25, 2022 - 03:16 PM</span> <div class="body"><p>Over the past few years the goal of health equity has moved into our national conversation about health care in a new, bigger and different way. These days health care leaders don't just say we want to eliminate health disparities. It's evolving into, we have a plan to do this. How to create that plan is the purpose of the new Health Equity Roadmap, released in March by the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. Jack Lynch is a member of the AHA Board of Trustees, President and CEO of Mainline Health in suburban Philadelphia, and among the approximately 1,000 health care leaders attending this meeting. Today, Jack joins Joy Lewis, AHA's Senior Vice-President for Health Equity Strategies and Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and Dr. Leon Caldwell, Senior Director of Health Equity Strategies and Innovation with IFDHE to talk about the importance of health equity, how disparities can be eliminated, and what hospitals have learned from quality improvement efforts that may apply to advancing equity.</p> <hr /> <p><iframe allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/1256921068&amp;color=%2324507d&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/advancinghealth" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Advancing Health">Advancing Health</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/advancinghealth/live-from-aha-annual-meeting-beyond-disparities-to-equitable-health-systems" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Live from AHA Annual Meeting: Beyond Disparities to Equitable Health Systems">Live from AHA Annual Meeting: Beyond Disparities to Equitable Health Systems</a></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/health-equity" class="topic" hreflang="en">Health Equity</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/disparitiesequity-care" hreflang="en">Disparities/Equity of Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/reducing-healthcare-disparities" hreflang="en">Reducing Healthcare Disparities</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/aha-annual-membership-meeting" hreflang="en">AHA Annual Membership Meeting</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/392" hreflang="en">AHA</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/advancing-health-podcast" hreflang="en">Advancing Health Podcast</a></div> </div> <div class="field_access_level"> <div>Access Level</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/278" hreflang="en">Public</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Mon, 25 Apr 2022 20:16:37 +0000 dsamuels_drupal 683407 at https://www.aha.org 3 Ways Hospitals Are Tackling Maternal Health Innovation https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2022-04-19-3-ways-hospitals-are-tackling-maternal-health <span class="title">3 Ways Hospitals Are Tackling Maternal Health Innovation</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Apr 19, 2022 - 06:30 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="3 Ways Hospitals Are Tackling Maternal Health Innovation. A pregnant mother holding a fetal ultrasound image." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="09b3c623-3802-4465-ae25-12b952432c86" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/3-Ways-Hospitals-Are-Tackling-Maternal-Health-Innovation.jpg" style="width: 100%;" width="620" height="381" loading="lazy" /></p> <p>The need to improve maternal and child health equity in America while reducing access disparities has become a national focus. Nevertheless, gaps in maternal health persist.</p> <p>The rate of pregnancy-related mortality in the U.S. has been rising steadily for three decades, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. The maternal death rate among Black women remains three times that of white women, notes a National Center for Health Statistics/CDC report from earlier this year.</p> <p>As policymakers and provider organizations continue to seek ways to reverse these trends, hospitals and health systems are stepping up with innovative efforts.</p> <h2>1 <span style="color:#63666a;">|</span> <span style="color:#9d2235;">Northwell pushes to reduce Black maternal mortality.</span></h2> <p>With its newly announced <a href="https://www.northwell.edu/news/the-latest/northwell-announces-center-for-maternal-health" target="_blank" title="Northwell Health: Northwell announces Center for Maternal Health">Center for Maternal Health</a>, Northwell Health has a linchpin in its high-tech, high-touch campaign to reduce the maternal mortality and pregnancy-related health risks among Black women. The center will provide prenatal and postpartum programs across New York City to support high-risk women in and out of the hospital and train physicians on best practices. The initiatives will bring together members of the health system’s obstetrics and gynecology department, population health division and the Katz Institute for Women’s Health.</p> <p>The center also will work with community-based organizations to connect women in underserved areas with Northwell services and to address health conditions that can occur before conception through the first year after delivery, including social factors of health that raise the risk of complications.</p> <p>Through its recent partnership with <a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220412006029/en/Northwell-Health-and-Aegis-Ventures-Launch-Ascertain-%E2%80%93-Healthcare-AI-Company-Creation-Platform-to-Improve-Quality-and-Access-to-Care" target="_blank" title="Business Wire: Northwell Health and Aegis Ventures Launch Ascertain – Healthcare AI Company Creation Platform to Improve Quality and Access to Care">Aegis Ventures</a>, a New York-based startup studio, Northwell plans to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to develop new data-driven approaches to detecting and managing serious complications for expectant mothers and babies. Ascertain, a joint-company creation platform, is building AI models to help clinicians predict the risk of developing preeclampsia, a hypertensive pregnancy complication that disproportionately affects Black women, and enables earlier intervention.</p> <h2>2 <span style="color:#63666a;">|</span> <span style="color:#9d2235;">Banner telehealth pilot targets rural obstetrical care for moms.</span></h2> <p>Sterling (Colo.) Regional MedCenter has begun a <a href="https://www.bannerhealth.com/newsroom/press-releases/banner-health-launches-telehealth-for-obstetrics" target="_blank" title="Banner Health: Banner Health launches telehealth for obstetrics">pilot program</a> to increase access to obstetrical care for mothers in labor in rural areas. The Banner Health initiative will ensure that family physicians with obstetric privileges can connect with an OB-GYN specialist at North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) in Greeley, whose sole focus is the care of women as they deliver their babies.</p> <p>The consultations can occur over the phone between the two physicians or via a telehealth cart that can be brought into the patient’s room, facilitating a three-way virtual conversation. The specialist also can access the patient’s electronic health record to obtain real-time information on both the mother and baby’s health.</p> <p>Expected outcomes of the program include a decreased need for medical interventions such as a cesarean section, and a decreased need to transfer the patient from the rural hospital to a larger one like NCMC, according to Blake McLaughlin, D.O., Banner OB-GYN. The program also is intended to reduce disparities in care for pregnant women in rural areas. Banner plans to expand its teleobstetrics program to other communities.</p> <h2>3 <span style="color:#63666a;">|</span> <span style="color:#9d2235;">UNMC‘s new center to address women‘s health research.</span></h2> <p>Nationally and internationally, women’s health research activities have been underfunded, notes Carl Smith, M.D., Olson Professor and chair of the <a href="https://www.unmc.edu/" target="_blank" title="University of Nebraska Medical Center homepage">University of Nebraska Medical Center</a>’s department of obstetrics and gynecology. The <a href="https://ruralradio.com/kneb-fm/news/board-of-regents-approve-nebraska-center-for-womens-health-research-at-unmc/" target="_blank" title="Rural Radio: Board of Regents approve Nebraska Center for Women’s Health Research at UNMC.">Nebraska Center for Women’s Health Research</a> is being created to help foster collaborations that will lead to health care breakthroughs and examine the causes of women’s health disparities.</p> <p>In addition to drawing interest from the university’s researchers, the center will promote and facilitate educational opportunities, provide a base of education for women’s health issues and disparities and a platform for nationally recognized experts to speak to researchers, educators, students and the community. It also will work to coordinate and organize research across other disciplines on campus that involve women’s health issues.</p> <p>Many studies that have been conducted in the U.S. in areas like medication use often systematically exclude women from participation due to concerns related to pregnancy, Smith said in a statement. “Thus, we have medications that have been approved for use without ever having been adequately studied in women. The Center for Women’s Health Research will allow for the organization of research activities such as these.”</p> <p><span style="color:#9d2235;"><strong>Learn More:</strong></span> <em>Visit the <a href="/advocacy/maternal-and-child-health">AHA’s Maternal and Child Health webpage</a> for case studies, tools, best practices and other resources focused on safeguarding the health of mothers and babies.</em></p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2022-04/3-Ways-Hospitals-Are-Tackling-Maternal-Health-Innovation.jpg" width="620" height="381" alt="3 Ways Hospitals Are Tackling Maternal Health Innovation. A pregnant mother holding a fetal ultrasound image." loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/maternal-and-child-health" hreflang="en">Maternal and Child Health</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/health-equity" hreflang="en">Health Equity</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/disparitiesequity-care" hreflang="en">Disparities/Equity of Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/reducing-healthcare-disparities" hreflang="en">Reducing Healthcare Disparities</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/rural-issues" hreflang="en">Rural issues</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/access-care-vulnerable-communities" hreflang="en">Access to Care in Vulnerable Communities</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 19 Apr 2022 11:30:00 +0000 Matthew Diener 683241 at https://www.aha.org Chair file: Improving Maternal Health for Black Women https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2022-04-11-chair-file-improving-maternal-health-black-women <span class="title">Chair file: Improving Maternal Health for Black Women</span> <span class="uid"><span>dsamuels_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Apr 11, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2022-01/lassiter-wright-900x400_0.jpg?itok=7LGo0jOa" width="900" height="400" alt="Wright Lassister" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>This week is <a href="https://blackmamasmatter.org/bmhw/">Black Maternal Health Week</a>, and April is <a href="https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/nmhm/" target="_blank">National Minority Health Month</a>. It’s an opportunity to “deepen the conversation” about black maternal health in the U.S. and to highlight the “important role individuals and organizations can play” in helping to reduce health disparities and improve the health of racial and ethnic minority communities.</p> <p>Closing health equity gaps to ensure all people in our communities have access to quality health care is a priority for hospitals and health systems every day of the year. But now is a good time to reexamine or focus on health equity issues, identify what more can be done and take action.</p> <p>Gaps in maternal health care for Black women persist: Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women, according to the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/healthequity/features/maternal-mortality/index.html" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a>. Some of these gaps have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The root causes of such gaps are complex and include preexisting conditions, structural racism and a lack of access to perinatal and obstetric services or support systems.</p> <p>The AHA’s <a href="https://www.aha.org/advocacy/maternal-and-child-health" target="_blank">Maternal and Child Health webpage</a> includes case studies, tools, best practices and other resources focused on safeguarding the health of mothers and babies. The AHA supports a number of federal public policy and legislative actions that improve maternal health across the continuum of care and reduce disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality. As part of its commitment to illuminate these issues and improve black maternal health, the AHA is hosting a screening and discussion of “Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story,” open to all AHA members this Thursday, April 14.</p> <p>At Henry Ford Health, we’ve been laser-focused on reducing infant and maternal mortality in Detroit’s Black communities. One example is the <a href="https://www.henryford.com/about/community-health/winnetwork" target="_blank">Women-Inspired Neighborhood Network: Detroit</a>, a program of the Detroit Regional Infant Morality Reduction Task Force. A partnership among the major health systems serving Detroit, the task force has worked to find lasting, collaborative solutions to address the persistently high infant mortality rates in the region. As part of WIN, community health workers and certified nurse midwives guide new and expectant mothers through a safety net of social, emotional and clinical supports. This enhanced model of group prenatal care for Black women ages 18–45 has succeeded in improving maternal health and birth outcomes.</p> <p>We know that improving maternal health for Black women is only part of many efforts needed by our health care organizations and community partners to close health equity gaps. A commitment to women’s health, healthy pregnancy and a good start for all children is a cornerstone to improving our nation’s health.</p> <p>As a reminder: The <em><a href="https://www.aha.org/accelerating-health-equity" target="_blank">AHA Accelerating Health Equity Conference</a></em> is May 10–12 in Cleveland. Be sure to <a href="https://web.cvent.com/event/efb71c93-6768-4141-b8fa-9b54477449b9/websitePage:66f86fee-8ef6-4668-8000-e6afb3218890" target="_blank">check out the agenda</a> and encourage your team members focused on advancing health equity, community health and well-being to attend.</p> <p>Wright L. Lassiter III<br /> AHA Chair</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Wright L. Lassiter III, Chair, American Hospital Association</span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/maternal-and-child-health" class="topic" hreflang="en">Maternal and Child Health</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/disparitiesequity-care" hreflang="en">Disparities/Equity of Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/reducing-healthcare-disparities" hreflang="en">Reducing Healthcare Disparities</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 11 Apr 2022 14:18:06 +0000 dsamuels_drupal 683181 at https://www.aha.org Accelerating Health Equity: Moving from Conversation to Action https://www.aha.org/news/healthcareinnovation-thursday-blog/2022-03-31-accelerating-health-equity-moving-conversation <span class="title">Accelerating Health Equity: Moving from Conversation to Action</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Mar 31, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2022-03/center-blog-lewis-meyers-900x400.jpg?itok=A1o6VgSx" width="900" height="400" alt="Joy A. Lewis, Senior Vice President Health Equity Strategies, Executive Director, Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, American Hospital Association. Nancy Myers, Vice President, Leadership and System Innovation, American Hospital Association." loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p><img alt="#healthcareinnovation Thursday" src="/sites/default/files/2019-11/innovation-blog-banner-900.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 15px; max-width: 33%; margin-top: 6px" /></p> <p>The past 24 months have shown the best of what we can achieve as health care organizations working in partnership with communities. This time also has illuminated how far we have to go to achieve a just society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.</p> <p>Now is the time to evaluate how far we have come in closing gaps in health disparities, assess where health care is on the equity journey and take what we’ve learned to strengthen our organizations and communities through collaborative and innovative work — by investing in our neighborhoods and one another. We must continue developing better and more equitable solutions to dismantle structural barriers that prevent access to high-quality care and improved health outcomes.</p> <blockquote> <h4>The issues are long-standing and well documented. The vision is clear. The time for action is now.</h4> </blockquote> <p>It takes collective effort to uncover the gaps in health outcomes and health access, engage in critical conversations and problem-solve to eliminate health inequities.</p> <p>And it starts by asking: What is my role? How can I help evolve my organization’s approach to health to more intentionally infuse an equity lens? And what tools, tactics and resources do I need to mobilize my organization’s leadership and workforce toward achieving more equitable outcomes for all?</p> <p>With the theme “Forward on the Journey,” the <a href="/accelerating-health-equity" target="_blank" title="Accelerating Health Equity Conference homepage">2022 AHA Accelerating Health Equity Conference</a>, May 10-12 in Cleveland, will convene front-line leaders charged with improving community and population health, health equity, diversity and inclusion and foster conversations on who, what, why, how and when we — as a community — can ultimately achieve our collective vision of ensuring all people have an opportunity to lead healthy lives.</p> <p>To achieve that vision, we’ll need tools and resources to:</p> <ul> <li>expand knowledge through innovative strategies, successful actions and proven practices;</li> <li>build stronger community connections; and</li> <li>develop more integrated approaches to health equity.</li> </ul> <p>In anticipation of this conference, the AHA has just released the <a href="https://equity.aha.org/" target="_blank" title="The Health Equity Roadmap homepage">Health Equity Roadmap</a>, an innovative framework to support hospitals and health systems in their efforts to become more equitable organizations and dismantle structural barriers to health and overall well-being.</p> <p>At the conference, participants will:</p> <ul> <li>hear from <a href="https://web.cvent.com/event/efb71c93-6768-4141-b8fa-9b54477449b9/websitePage:ffe911ee-caea-44a9-9cdd-6dcffc4f1102" target="_blank" title="Accelerating Health Equity Conference Plenary Sessions">key thought leaders</a> — including Heather McGhee, Bechara Choucair, M.D. and Hilton Kelley;</li> <li>learn from peers across the U.S. about replicable tactics that are advancing health equity in hospitals, health systems and communities today; and</li> <li>have opportunities to engage on-site in community immersion experiences that highlight community investment for health in action.</li> </ul> <p>The issues are long-standing and well documented. The vision is clear. The time for action is now. Join us in Cleveland to share your successes and challenges and learn from others. Then be prepared to engage your organization and community in new and critical ways to accelerate health equity.</p> <p><em>Early bird registration for the AHA Accelerating Health Equity Conference ends March 31. <a href="https://www.aha.org/accelerating-health-equity" target="_blank" title="Accelerating Health Equity Conference homepage">Check out conference details and register.</a></em></p> <p><em>Joy A. Lewis is senior vice president, health equity strategies, and executive director of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity at the American Hospital Association. Nancy Myers is vice president, leadership and system innovation, at the American Hospital Association.</em></p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Joy A. Lewis</span>, <span>Nancy Myers</span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/health-equity" class="topic" hreflang="en">Health Equity</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/disparitiesequity-care" hreflang="en">Disparities/Equity of Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/reducing-healthcare-disparities" hreflang="en">Reducing Healthcare Disparities</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">#HealthCareInnovation Thursday Blog</div> Thu, 31 Mar 2022 12:47:04 +0000 Matthew Diener 683022 at https://www.aha.org