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Groups issue 'call to action' to eliminate disparities

July 18, 2011

Five national health care groups today issued a "call to action" to eliminate disparities in care. "We have seen the headlines that bring attention to the multiple societal factors that affect disparities in care, including environmental and other social determinants," the Association of American Medical Colleges, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association, Catholic Health Association of the United States and National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems said. "…Notwithstanding these societal issues, health care leaders possess a great opportunity to affect disparities using three core elements: increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data; increasing cultural competency training; and increasing diversity in governance and leadership." The groups created a new website, www.equityofcare.org, through which they will share resources best practices and national collaborative efforts to eliminate disparities. The site was created to help hospitals, health systems, clinicians and staff ensure that each patient's individual needs are met with the same high quality of care.