Category Archives: Health Care Disparities

A Continuing National Challenge

There is now overwhelming, irrefutable evidence of health care disparities in the U.S. Fortunately, many health care organizations have recognized the persistence of health care disparities and have begun to develop and implement interventions to reduce those disparities.

Health 2.0 v.2013: Integration and Patient Outcomes Are Still Driving Health Technology – But So Should Empathy, Caring, and Communication

I attended my third Health 2.0 conference earlier this week, which was held for the first time in Santa Clara rather than San Francisco [agenda here].  Driving around the neighborhood reminded me that the Silicon Valley is thriving, with companies like … Continue reading

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National Quality Forum: Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Ethnicity

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has initiated a new project on risk adjustment for socioeconomic status (SES), race, and ethnicity in measuring and reporting on health care quality measures.  The project will develop a set of recommendations related to risk … Continue reading

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Office of Minority Health and Hogg Foundation for Mental Health: Eliminating Disparities through the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care

This literature review from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is a comprehensive resource on how the integration of behavioral health and primary care services for racial and … Continue reading

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Covered California: Addressing Health Equity and Health Disparities

This policy brief prepared by Covered California, the state-based health insurance exchange established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), describes the multiple ways in which the exchange will be identifying and addressing issues of health disparities and … Continue reading

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White House Summit on Achieving eHealth Equity

This is the summary report from the February 2013 White House Summit on Acieving eHealth Equity convened by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator for Health IT, Office of Minority Health, and ZeroDivide.  The … Continue reading

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Connecticut Health Foundation Announces Strategic Plan Focused on Health Equity

The Connecticut Health Foundation has announced a new five-year strategic plan focused on advancing health equity.  The mission of the foundation states that “Everyone deserves the opportunity for optimal health, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, or income level.  We are … Continue reading

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Aligning Forces for Quality: Advancing Primary Care for Racially and Ethnically Diverse and Medicaid Patients

This issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) program highlights lessons learned from efforts to support primary care delivery redesign in practices serving racially and ethnically diverse and Medicaid patients.  The issue brief was … Continue reading

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National Institutes of Health: Response to Institute of Medicine Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued this comprehensive response to the findings and recommendations of the 2011 Institute of Medicine’s report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: A Foundation for Better Understanding. NIH Director Dr. … Continue reading

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Institute of Medicine: Collecting Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a summary of its October 12, 2012 workshop on the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records.  The summary can be downloaded from the IOM website and will … Continue reading

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National Quality Forum: Assessment of Quality Measures for “Disparities-Sensitivity”

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has developed an assessment tool to evaluate whether health care quality measures are “sensitive” in measuring health care disparities.  As part of the integration of equity into health care quality improvement, NQF proposes to evaluate … Continue reading

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