The Health Equity Roadmap

A national initiative to drive improvement in health care outcomes, health equity, diversity and inclusion.

About the Health Equity Roadmap

The Health Equity Roadmap is a framework to help hospitals and health care systems chart their own paths toward transformation — thus becoming more equitable and inclusive organizations.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) vision is of a just society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. Through its Institute for Diversity and Heath Equity, the AHA seeks to eliminate structural barriers that compromise diversity, equity and inclusion in hospitals and health care systems.

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The Health Equity Transformation Assessment, an electronic assessment tool, will provide hospitals and health systems with their current position on the health equity journey.

The results from the assessment will serve as both a diagnostic of current state and a baseline to provide a structure and process for continuous improvement toward transforming into a more equitable and inclusive health care system.

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Sign up for the Health Equity Transformation Assessment

Complete the online form to enroll in The Equity Roadmap Initiative.

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Complete the Health Equity Transformation Assessment

Complete the assessment to receive a Profile containing results from the assessment, access links to Transformation Action Planners, and other relevant resources.

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Join the Journey Virtual Community

Access to the community will be provided after completion of the Health Equity Transformation Assessment.

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The Health Equity Transformation Assessment

The Six Levers of Transformation

Research and experience show that leading health equity strategies cut across six levers of transformation within health care organizational structures. Explore and learn what's needed to build internal capacity to improve performance and advance on the equity journey.

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Practicing cultural humility and activities that improve culturally appropriate care such as language access and health literacy.

Explore Lever

Applying a DEI lens to organizational policies and supporting an equitable and inclusive climate and culture.

Explore Lever

Using quantitative and qualitative data to inform, design, and evaluate improvement strategies.

Explore Lever

Creating pathways that lead to diversifying leadership ranks to reflect the populations and communities served.

Explore Lever

Advancing health equity and fostering healthy communities by investing in strong hospital-community partnerships.

Explore Lever

Creating infrastructure to maintain accountability to sustain DEI work across departments and service lines.

Explore Lever

The Continuum

Hospitals and health systems can be in any of the following positions along the continuum.

 

 

Exploring deep red dot.

Exploring  

Exploring the values and resources needed to publicly commit to embarking upon a journey toward health equity.

Committing gold dot.

Committing  

Committing the resources to listen, learn, train and implement policies and practices that establish equity as the standard practice.

Immersing gray dot.

Immersing  

Immersing the leadership and system into accountability for implementing policies, procedures and cultural structures that support diversity, equity and inclusion.

Affirming light blue dot.

Affirming  

Affirming a just, equitable system culture with continuous equity self-assessments of policies and practices that remove structural barriers to equity.

Transforming light green dot.

Transforming  

Transforming beyond the system toward supporting a sustainable and equitable ecosystem of health care within the community.

 

 

Accelerating Health Equity Conference

Jumpstart Your Health Equity Journey!

Now is the time to evaluate how far we have come in closing gaps in health care inequities, assess where health care is on the equity journey, and take what we’ve learned to strengthen our organizations and communities through collaborative and innovative work — investing in our neighborhoods and one another. We must continue developing better and more equitable solutions to address barriers that prevent access to high-quality care and improved health outcomes. Many conference presentations and discussions will focus on how this critical work gets done, through success stories, examples and lessons learned.

Accelerating Health Equity Conference. Forward on the Journey. May 10–12, 2022. Cleveland, OH. Organized by the American Hospital Association, the AHA Community Health Improvement, and the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. Details at aha.org/equityconference.

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Health Equity Action Library

The Health Equity Action Library (HEAL) offers curated actionable tools and resources for organizational change.

Over the past year, we gathered information from research, member input, and internal and external roundtable conversations.

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Health Equity Transformation Model dots.

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