Category Archives: Health Care Reform: Advancing Equity

Institute of Medicine: Achieving Health Equity via the Affordable Care Act

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities has published a summary of a 2013 workshop on achieving health equity via the Affordable Care Act. Here is the agenda for the workshop: … Continue reading

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Stanford Social Innovation Review and Grantmakers in Health: Innovations in Health Equity

The Stanford Social Innovation Review and Grantmakers in Health have published this special supplement on health equity. Articles include discussions of the role of health philanthropy in addressing equity; the role of community organizers in advancing health equity; promoting health … Continue reading

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The State of Racial Inequalities in Health

On December 5, 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) held a forum on “Disparities, Resilience, and Building a Culture of Health” and published this paper on the state of racial inequalities in health authored by Thomas LeVeist, director of the Center … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Cultural and Linguistic Access Requirements under Affordable Care Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the requirements on group health plans and health insurance issuers to ensure cultural and linguistic access in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Section 2719 of the Public Health Services … Continue reading

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PolicyLink: Opening Video from 2015 Equity Summit featuring Mayda del Valle

Here is the amazing opening video from the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit, featuring Mayda del Valle:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health: Progress Report on Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has released this implementation progress report on its Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, which was adopted in 2011.  Examples of progress are reported on activities addressing … Continue reading

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients with Limited English Proficiency – A Guide for Hospitals

This guide, commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, describes how hospitals can improve patient safety by focusing on meeting the language assistance needs of their patients with limited English proficiency (LEP).  Research suggests that adverse events affect patients with … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health has published this first-ever Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.  The Equity Plan focuses on Medicare populations that experience disproportionately high burdens of disease, lower quality of care, … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights: Proposed Rule on Nondiscrimination under Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has released its long-awaited proposed rule on nondiscrimination under section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The proposed rule applies to the federally-facilitated and state-based health … Continue reading

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Texas Health Institute: Evolution of Health Insurance Marketplaces – Experiences and Progress in Reaching and Enrolling Diverse Populations

This report from the Texas Health Institute highlights lessons learned in reaching and enrolling diverse racial and ethnic populations in health insurance through the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  As of February 2015, nearly 11.7 … Continue reading

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