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 Research & Educational Trust: A Framework for Stratifying Race, Ethnicity and Language Data

This guide from the Health Research & Educational Trust outlines a framework for hospitals and health systems to stratify patient race, ethnicity, and language data to identify and eliminate health care disparities. The framework includes the following five steps: Assemble a … Continue reading

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Quality Field Notes – Resource Guide on Equity

This resource guide on health care equity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation includes references for tools to support race, ethnicity, and language data collection, tools to reduce disparities, and national and state reports on health care disparities. Link to … Continue reading

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Quality Field Notes – Issue Brief on Equity

This issue brief on equity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes efforts by its Aligning Forces for Quality program sites to reduce disparities in the quality of care for racial and ethnic minorities. Many of the activities described focus … Continue reading

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Mathematica Policy Research: Reducing Health Care Disparities – Where Are We Now?

This issue brief from Mathematica Policy Research examines current progress on reducing health care disparities, based on a literature search and key informant interviews with eight national researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders. The issue brief was funded by the Robert Wood … Continue reading

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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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