The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recently launched the #123forEquity Pledge to Act campaign. This effort builds on the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities launched in 2012 by the AHA, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Catholic Health Association of the United States and America's Essential Hospitals. The campaign focuses on three areas: increase the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data; increase cultural competency training, and increase diversity in leadership and governance.
The #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign asks every hospital to commit to the following:
Sign the pledge. Pledge to achieve the three areas of the national call to action within the next 12 months.Take action. Implement strategies that are reflected in your strategic plan and supported by your board and leadership. Provide quarterly updates on progress to AHA and your board to track progress nationally.Tell others. Achieve the goals and be recognized. Tell your story and share what you've learned with others.
More than 700 hospitals nationwide have already signed the pledge, including MountainStar hospitals in Utah and Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele. UHA encourages all members to accept the pledge; more information about the #123forEquity Pledge to Act campaign can be found at www.equityofcare.org.