A CALL TO ACTION
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, racial and ethnic minorities will become a majority of the nation’s population in 2042. Currently, Maryland is the seventh most diverse state in the country, with racial and ethnic minorities accounting for 46.2 percent of the population. Despite this diversity, stubborn disparities persist when it comes to health care.
That’s why the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) is participating in the national effort to eliminate health care disparities. MHA is working with its member hospitals to secure their commitment to the national Equity of Care campaign, launched by five national health care associations (American College of Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, America’s Essential Hospitals and Catholic Health Association of the United States).
The campaign aims to improve the quality of care for every patient by:
- increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data
- increasing cultural competency training
- increasing diversity in governance and leadership
Hospitals that commit to the campaign pledge to:
- Choose a quality measure to stratify by race, ethnicity and language preference (to jumpstart this effort, MHA is providing each hospital in Maryland with a handful of quality measures that have already been stratified by race, ethnicity and language)
- Determine whether a health care disparity exists, and if so, implement a plan to address the gap
- Provide cultural competency training for all staff or finalize a plan to ensure staff receives cultural competency training
- Have a dialogue with the hospital board and leadership team on how the organization reflects the community it serves, and what actions can be taken to address any gaps if the board and leadership do not reflect the community
Maryland Hospital Participation in the Equity of Care Campaign
(100 percent of Maryland acute care hospitals, as of April 28, 2016)