Eliminating Health Care Disparities
hospitals and health systems serve an increasingly diverse population. To meet
the changing needs of communities, hospitals and health systems are working
hard to ensure that every individual receives the highest quality of care.
The Minnesota Department of Health’s “Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota” report to the state Legislature
details specific disparities in health outcomes throughout communities across
the state and highlights the need to strengthen efforts to close the
significant gaps that exist. According to the report, “The groups that experience
the greatest disparities in health outcomes also have experienced the greatest
inequities in the social and economic conditions that are such strong
predictors of health.” To reduce health inequities, hospitals and health
systems must redouble efforts to align quality improvement goals with
The tool kit and
resources below will assist hospitals and health systems in their efforts to
identify, address and eliminate health care disparities.
#123forEquity Pledge to Act
October 2015, MHA signed the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate health care
disparities and support members in achieving the goals of the campaign. The
pledge is a call to action to eliminate health care disparities, focusing on:
- Increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and
language (REL) preference data
- Increasing cultural competency training
- Increasing diversity in governance and leadership
Hospitals have an opportunity to lead on the important issue of
addressing health care disparities. MHA encourages all member hospitals to take the pledge and make progress toward
achieving the national call to action goals.
For more information, contact the MHA quality and patient safety team.