The MultiCare Center for Health Equity has been selected for participation in the Hospital Community Cooperative (HC²). HC² is a national program focused on addressing healthcare inequality and health equity gaps. It was launched by the American Hospital Association, the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and the Aetna Foundation.
The MultiCare Health System will use the program award to support a community partnership project to expand breast health education to local African American women and teenage girls, participating in the goal of HC² to eliminate health care disparities and population health issues.
“We believe that it’s our responsibility to partner with our community to treat and prevent illness,” said Director of the MultiCare Center for Health Equity Dr. Jamilia Sherls. “African American women have the highest breast cancer mortality rate in Pierce County. Through our partnerships with Leaders in Women’s Health and the Carol Milgard Breast Center, in addition to the support and guidance of the AHA’s Hospital Community Cooperative, we know that we can advance health equity by addressing breast cancer disparities.”