Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Eliminating Health Care Disparities

Minnesota’s 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 disparities solutions. 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

In 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

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