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Making Health Equity a Strategic Priority
This article describes lessons learned from health systems participating in the Pursuing Equity initiative that are testing changes to make health equity a strategic priority — the first pillar in the IHI Framework for Achieving Health Equity.
WIHI: Pursuing Health Equity in North Carolina
April 19, 2018 | Eight health systems, including one in North Carolina, are working with IHI to elevate health equity to a strategic priority, confront institutional racism, and improve the livelihood and health of their patients, employees, and surrounding communities.
Liberation in the Exam Room: Racial Justice and Equity in Health Care
This tool is intended to be used as a starting guideline for individuals in the health care delivery context as they work to identify key areas of focus on racial justice and health equity, serving as a resource to begin conversations with teams within the organization toward developing a deeper understanding of structural racism and its impact on achieving health equity.
10 IHI Innovations to Improve Health and Health Care
This curated publication highlights 10 ideas that have emerged from IHI's systematic 90-day innovation approach, including reflections on the Triple Aim, the concept of a health care Campaign, the Breakthrough Series Collaborative model, and other frameworks and fresh thinking that have been replicated around the world.
WIHI: Pursuing Health Equity with Curiosity: Notes from New Initiatives
August 24, 2017 | You may have data on outcomes disparities in your health system by race, ethnicity, and other factors. But in what ways is health equity a strategic priority in your organization, and what does health equity look like in your community?
What If You Take a Complex Clinical Challenge to the Community?
Solving the challenge of a high stillbirth rate in Scotland is not simply about getting obstetricians to improve. “It’s a multidisciplinary problem,” says Jason Leitch.
Health Equity Must Be a Strategic Priority
This article presents five concrete actions health care leaders can take to make health equity a core strategy at their organizations.
WIHI: How Health Care Can Accelerate Health Equity
September 15, 2016 | What might be possible if health care organizations across the US made a commitment to work to achieve health equity in their communities in dramatically new ways?
Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations
This white paper presents a framework for health care organizations to improve health equity in the communities they serve, guidance for measuring health equity, a case study of one organization that has strategically integrated health equity throughout its system, and a self-assessment tool for organizations to gauge their current focus on and efforts to improve health equity.
A Framework for Improving Health Equity
This article presents an overview of a framework developed by IHI to help guide leaders in improving health equity by making it a system-level priority for their organizations.
WIHI: How Health Care Organizations Can Create Equity in the Community
October 29, 2015 | Health and health care improvement communities in the US are focusing on equity and racial disparities in some important new ways.
WIHI: Relationships Count: Community Health Workers and Team-Based Care
October 15, 2015 | Community health workers (CHWs) are increasingly being utilized to bridge gaps for patients between health care, home, and the community. This WIHI explores the growing interest in CHWs that is sparking some important discussions and the development of innovative programs.
WIHI: Working Toward Health Equity
February 20, 2014 | This WIHI reviews the progress that’s being made to reduce health disparities in ways that everyone can learn from, and looks ahead to the next steps to create solutions-focused care that is anchored by cultural competency in word and deed.
Improving Care and Health for Low-Income Populations
This article summarizes key findings from the latest research on health disparities, a joint effort between IHI and the Commonwealth Fund, and provides two examples of how innovation in the delivery of care is reducing these disparities.
Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations
Analyzing 30 indicators of access, prevention and quality, potentially avoidable hospital use, and health outcomes, the scorecard documents sharp health care disparities among states.
Mobile Clinic in Massachusetts Associated with Cost Savings from Lowering Blood Pressure and Emergency Department Use
A study of 10,509 patient visits to the Family Van, an urban mobile health clinic in Massachusetts, found that screenings and counseling resulted in significant reductions in high blood pressure from 2010 to 2012. The researchers argue that mobile health clinics are an effective delivery model for underserved communities with poor health status and frequent use of emergency departments.
Reducing Global Health Disparities
What's the most pressing problem you could work on today? According to Dr. Patrick Lee, it's the problem of global health disparities. Here's what you can do to help.
What’s It Like Serving Patients Living in Poverty?
In this video, Dr. Cancino discusses the relationship between poverty and health, and compares his experience treating patients in Mattapan and in Jacksonville, FL, USA, in the Mayo School of Graduate Medicine Education. He describes many of the social factors — known as the social determinants of health — that influence people’s risk of disease and their ability to lead healthy lives.
Why Does Health Equity Matter?
In this video, Dr. Reede explains how health equity relates to the role of health care providers, describes how privilege affects discussions of health equity, and offers advice to students and professionals who are interested in working to reduce disparities between populations.
Can Equitable Care Improve the Bottom Line?
Deputy Director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Aswita Tan-McGrory, explains the business case for addressing health care disparities.
How Do Targeted Programs Help All Patients?
Deputy Director of fthe Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Aswita Tan-McGrory, shares through an example why targeted programs can improve care for all patients.
Why Should Health Systems Address Social Needs?
Deputy Director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Aswita Tan-McGrory discusses why health systems need to address social needs.
Where Should You Start Reducing Disparities?
Aswita Tan-McGrory explains why organizations starting to address disparities in care should focus first on data collection.
Aswita Tan-McGrory, Massachusetts General Hospital
“Seeing my grandfather put the interest of other people before his own.”
Why Use the Term “Cultural Humility”?
Dr. Beth Averbeck explains cultural humility and how HealthPartners works to incorporate it in care.