Events Discuss Strategies to Advance Health Equity

Posted on August 22, 2019

The needs of vulnerable and unique patient populations can be met only by working to identify and eliminate health disparities and addressing the role of unconscious bias in healthcare delivery. In addition, becoming culturally competent must be a strategic approach in quality improvement efforts organizationwide.

The MHA Keystone Center, in conjunction with the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (GLPP HIIN), recently hosted two interactive events that focused on diversity, inclusion and cultural competency. They also helped members develop ways to collaborate with community stakeholders and create a comprehensive strategy to reduce health disparities and advance health equity within their communities.

The Diversity, Inclusion and Culture Competency: Strategies for Advancing Health Equity Workshops were held July 24 in Grand Rapids and Aug. 15 in Traverse City, where the training focused on rural healthcare providers. Offering workshops in two locations gave members the option to participate at the most convenient site, resulting in nearly 70 members from 27 facilities participating in the two events.

California-based Impact4Health, LLC, provided attendees with resources and tools to help outline steps to build a culture of equity, advance innovation to reduce healthcare disparities and imbed the work into all levels of the organization. Participants were also able to hear success stories from peers on how to develop and implement health equity into their organizational culture.

Attendees were encouraged to evaluate the results of the GLPP HIIN Health Equity Organizational Assessment Summary Report to identify and address gaps in care and develop an action plan around the identified areas of opportunity. Members with questions should contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, GLPP HIIN, health equity, events, diversity

Posted in: Patient Safety and Quality

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