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AHA Takes On Racial Disparities in Care, Leadership



Hospitals have a serious problem with their lack of executive diversity, American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock acknowledges. He is calling for hospitals to adopt a campaign of change called Equity of Care.



2 comments on "AHA Takes On Racial Disparities in Care, Leadership"
Annette Bourbonniere (7/21/2011 at 2:43 PM)

This article shows that the AHA is still unaware of a serious gap – persons with disabilities. While it is important to address racial and ethnic disparities, this group needs to be reminded that persons with disabilities are the third largest market segment in the United States. At this time, physical access to healthcare is seriously lacking and attitudes toward persons with disabilities range from dismissive to overly solicitous, skipping respect and accommodations. Medical schools and nursing schools routinely discriminate against applicants with physical disabilities, making it even more difficult to recognize the importance of this demographic. One possible solution would be for the healthcare industry to stop looking at disability in the medical model and start looking at this population as a market segment. For purposes of patient care, employee safety and equal respect and opportunities for all, this needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Annette Bourbonniere www.accessing-ability.com 401-846-1960 Fax: 401-846-1944 Twitter: @AccessInclude
Anonymous (7/19/2011 at 11:07 AM)

Great to see AHA take steps to address health equity with good interventions, which have long been overlooked. Would suggest adding critical steps to also change the leadership demographic. Multicultural leadership will be critical to strategize successful change as opposed to simple change for equity.