Leadership Corner: Highlighting National Minority Health Month
Posted on April 05, 2018
The Leadership Corner features monthly updates from the MHA leadership team. The updates will provide new insights to patient safety and quality as well as information obtained from healthcare workshops and conferences across the country.
Brittany Bogan, MHSA, CPPS, vice president, Patient Safety & Quality, MHA Keystone Center, discusses the importance of addressing and improving health disparities among minority populations.
April is National Minority Health Month. It’s recognized annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a time to highlight the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations and the ways in which partnerships, policies and legislation can help to advance health equity.
The theme for 2018 is Partnering for Health Equity. The meaningful and deeply impactful work being done by health systems in the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (GLPP HIIN) to address health disparities is something the MHA Keystone Center team is celebrating this year. In our conversations with hospitals across the Midwest, we regularly hear stories of community collaborations to advance health equity and improve population health. We applaud the hospitals that have committed to the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities and encourage all hospitals to take action and accelerate progress on equity and inclusion efforts within their organizations, communities and regions.
We feel it is so critical for the healthcare community to address health equity that we made sure it was a primary focus of the MHA’s newest award, Advancing Safe Care. This annual award will be given at the MHA Annual Membership Meeting on Mackinac Island and will recognize healthcare teams within MHA-member hospitals who are committed to providing quality care to different patient populations, among other criteria. While the nomination period for the inaugural award just closed, it is not too early to begin planning nominations for next year!
Thank you for all the work you do to ensure that each member of your community has access to safe, reliable, and equitable care as well as continue to increase awareness that disparities are still prevalent.
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