Opportunities to advance health equity during National Minority Health Month

April 11, 2018

April is National Minority Health Month, and this year’s focus is on partnerships in advancing health equity, which is an important component of WSHA’s strategic plan. Data shows differing outcomes for patients in Washington based on race, ethnicity, language and other social divides, the causes of which must be addressed to deliver safe and effective health care for everyone. As your hospital works to close these gaps, we suggest:

  • Signing and implementing the American Hospital Association’s #123 for Equity Pledge, with the goal to “ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable and safe care.”
  • Registering your CEO, other executive team members and board members, to attend WSHA’s 2018 CEO and Trustee Patient Safety Summit on April 30 or May 1. This year’s program will feature Dr. Joseph Betancourt, founder of the Disparities Solutions Center and a national leader in advancing health equity.
  • Identifying someone from your staff to attend our #123 For Equity Symposium May 2, during which Dr. Betancourt and his team will provide practical solutions and next steps to operationalizing the pledge in your hospital.

For more information or to get involved in this work, please contact Director of Quality and Performance Improvement Lisa Segerstrom at LisaS@wsha.org.

Jennifer Graves
WSHA Senior Vice President of Patient Safety & Quality


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