AHA Takes On Racial Disparities in Care, Leadership
What each hospital would learn from this, over time would be, for example, "your African American population subset has outcomes of X, versus the entire population of Y, and you'd see what might be the gap."
With more intense focus on these three problems, Umbdenstock was asked what he hopes the future holds after these three efforts get off the ground, say, three to five years down the road.
"I hope we can say that we're seeing a narrow gap in the actual care and outcomes for minority populations. We want to see that needle move in the right direction."
The AHA knows that it must improve minority representation in its leadership and cultural competency to improve care for all their patients. Soon, racial and ethnic minorities who now represent one-third of the U.S. population, will no longer be the minority. By 2042, they will represent the majority of patients throughout the country.
The effort is organized by John Bluford, AHA Chairman; Sister Carol Keehan, CEO of the Catholic Health Association; Tom Dolan, president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives; Atul Grover of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Kevin Lofton, president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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