Equity of Care – Eliminating Health Disparities Resource Center

The following weblinks and tools have been collected to serve as a resource to your organization as you plan activities to support health equity for your communities.

Health Equity Definitions – This web page, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health, offers a host of resources on health equity including a quick fact sheet on most commonly used health equity terms with definitions.

AHA Social Determinants of Health and Equity of Care Websites – Equity of Care is leading the health field on a clear path to eliminate disparities. These sites were created to help hospitals, health systems, clinicians and staff improve the quality of care for each and every patient.

Roadmap to Reducing Disparities – This site serves as a guide for healthcare organizations to improve minority health and foster equity. It is sponsored by the University of Chicago in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Ambulatory Care – Measuring Healthcare Disparities – The report developed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) contains 36 disparities-sensitive voluntary consensus standards that address all levels of measurement, including practitioner practices, large and small groups, and health plans. In addition, the report includes performance measures at the community level for the purposes of quality improvement.

NIH Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) – The mission of NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities.

Joint Commission video (10 min) – A review of  JC standards on promoting health equity and patient-centered care

NC Statistics and Reports on Minority Health –  This web page is maintained by the NC Department of Health and Human Services State Center for Health Statistics.

AHRQ National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports – This site provides a unified Web tool for investigating information presented in the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports (NHQR/DR).

NC Institute of Medicine County Health Profiles – This interactive county map aggregates key health data for North Carolina’s one hundred counties. The map can be filtered to show a statewide comparison for four health topics: uninsured adults, poverty, infant mortality, and heart disease.

County Health Ranking and Roadmap Reports – This Robert Wood Johnson site provides customizable reports on counties health outcomes and factors.

City Health Dashboard – the City Health Dashboard has expanded to offer data on 36 measures for the 500 largest U.S. cities (those with populations of about 66,000 or more)

Pathway: Social Determinants Screening Guide – This is a guide useful guide to clinical screening for social determinants of health developed by the Harris County Public Health Department in Texas.

AHA Resource on ICS-10 CM Coding for Social Determinants of Health 

Sample Equity Data Dashboards

CarolinaEast Health System

Kansas Health Matters

Massachusetts General Hospital

Harris County Texas

Diversity, Equity and Cultural Competency Assessment Tool for Leaders – This modified AHA Institute for Diversity Tool was developed to assist you in establishing a baseline and SWOT analysis for your orgnaiztion.

NC Health Equity Impact Assessment Tool – This tool will help you identify how a program, policy, or practice may impact groups in different ways or potentially cause unintended consequences that increase health disparities. The use of the tool may also raise awareness about health equity.

Joint Commissions Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family-Centered Care Web-Page – Resources and standards from The Joint Commission.

National CLAS Standards and their implementation guide, A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice – The Blueprint is an implementation guide for advancing and sustaining culturally and linguistically appropriate services within health and health care organizations.

Indicators of Cultural Competence in Health Care Delivery Organizations: An Organizational Cultural Competence Assessment Profile– “An Organizational Cultural Competence Assessment Profile” builds upon previous work in the field, such as the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)1, and serves as a future building block that advances the conceptualization and practical understanding of how to assess cultural competence at the organizational level. This project was produced by the Lewin Group.

Cultural Competency Measures and Implementation Strategies –  This report prepared by the National Quality Forum presents the recommendations and findings of the Panel, which reviewed and evaluated the cultural competency practices and focuses on broad issues related to the development of the survey measure (e.g., weighting of the framework domains and inclusion).

DiversityInc: Healthcare Webpage– DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity.

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IDHM)–  The IDHM is committed to expanding healthcare leadership opportunities for ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse individuals, and increasing the number of these individuals entering and advancing in the field. The IDHM sponsors diversity dialogue webinar on various topics.

IPFCC Diverse Voices Matter: Improving Diversity in Patient & Family Advisory Council – Diversity helps your patient and family advisory council (PFAC) have a wider range of views and look like the patients you care for. This guide gives great tips for how to engage diverse voices.

NC Program on Health Literacy – The North Carolina Program on Health Literacy has resources and expertise to help organizations interested in promoting health literacy in practice and research.

Patients with Limited English Proficiency TeamSTEPPS® Enhancing Safety for Patients With Limited English Proficiency Module
The TeamSTEPPS Limited English Proficiency module is designed to help you develop and deploy a customized plan to train your staff in teamwork skills and lead a medical teamwork improvement initiative in your organization from initial concept development through to sustainment of positive changes. This evidence-based module will provide insight into the core concepts of teamwork as they are applied to your work with patients who have difficulty communicating in English. Comprehensive curricula and instructional guides include short case studies and videos illustrating teamwork opportunities and successes.

Project to Review and Improve Study Materials – is an initiative to improve the readability of print materials. The PRISM Readability Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides research teams with tools to help support the creation of study materials that can be easily read by the average participant.

A patient education program designed to promote communication between healthcare providers and patients, in order to improve health outcomes. The site includes presentations, tool kits for professionals and patients, fact sheets, brochures, statistics, logos and guidelines and more.

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services  Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective  – This 11-part Toolkit provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help you make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use

Center for Medicare Education: Writing Easy-to-Read Materials – This brief from the Center for Medicare Education provides the basics to help you write easy-to-read materials.

Center for Disease Control – Simply Put:  A Guide for Creating Easy-to-Understand Materials -This brief provides the basics to help you write easy-to-read materials, including “tricks of the trade” to get you going.

USP Pictograms  
- Pharmacopeia pictogram images showing how to take and store medicines.

Center for Disease Control Health Literacy – This site provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health. These resources are for all organizations that interact and communicate with people about health, including public health departments, healthcare providers and facilities, health plans, government agencies, non-profit/community and advocacy organizations, childcare and schools, the media, and health-related industries.

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