Bridging Health Equities Across Communities Begins with You

by Misty Kevech, RN, MS, HHQI RN Project Coordinator

April is National Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is “Bridging Health Equities Across Communities.” The Office of Minority Health (OMH) selected this theme in an effort to promote awareness on issues impacting health disparities and health equity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues to track and support strategies to improve health equity across all healthcare settings and in the community. The original National Quality Strategy was published in March 2011 by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) & HHS. There are three overarching aims that build upon the Institutes for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim®.

  • Better Care: Improve the overall quality of healthcare by making it more patient-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.
  • Healthy People/Healthy Communities: Improve the health of the U.S. population by supporting proven interventions to address behavioral, social and, environmental determinants of health in addition to delivering higher-quality care.
  • Affordable Care: Reduce the cost of quality healthcare for individuals, families, employers, and government.

(AHRQ, 2017)

AHRQ’s 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy report indicates progress is being made, but disparities persist.

HHQI’s Underserved Population (UP) Network focuses on the following groups:

  • Health Disparities (e.g., racial/ethnic, socioeconomic status, health literacy, etc.)
  • Small Home Health Agencies
  • Underserved Populations (e.g., regions, urban vs. rural, etc.)
  • Dual-Eligible Patients (eligible for Medicare & Medicaid)

HHQI provides home health and other healthcare organizations a variety of education, information, tools, resources, and networking opportunities.

Join the movement to Bridging Health Equities Across Communities and join the Education & Networking Opportunities email list.

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