Advancing Health Equity

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

James Baldwin

Disparate health outcomes for minorities, individuals experiencing homelessness, and other subsets of California’s population are the result of historic and systemic inequalities that persist today. Addressing every Californian’s need for equitable, high-quality health care requires long-term, systemic solutions.

California’s hospitals are on the front lines of mitigating health inequities. But hospitals alone cannot solve this challenge in California — that will take a broad effort that includes enhancing diversity, addressing bias, incorporating inclusion, and more. Any remedies will require a commitment on the part of California’s leaders to begin ensuring that the most vulnerable communities in California get the resources they need to secure better health outcomes.

Leadership Voices


Black Californians have the highest rates of new prostate, colorectal, and lung cancer cases, and the highest death rates for breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer.

Source: California Health Care Foundation

Educational Opportunities


Department of Health Care Access and Information — Data Reporting Updates

Program originally recorded October 25, 2022.



Health Equity Sessions from the 2022 HQI Annual Conference

Program originally recorded October 3 & 4, 2022



Vouchers for Veggies – Reducing Food Insecurity and Improving Health

Program originally recorded November 14, 2022


What Hospitals Are Doing


About one in five Latinx Californians report not having a usual source of care and difficulty finding a specialist.

Source: California Health Care Foundation


Team of doctors and nurses wear masks and gloves and prepare for surgery.

Key Messages

Health Equity Demands Long-Term Vision, New Policies

Mid adult Hispanic pediatrician talks with an adorable baby boy. The doctor is volunteering at a free community medical clinic.

Issue Brief

Every Californian Deserves Access to Equitable Health Care

Professional nurse at the hospital bandaging the hand with a medical bandage for a woman patient.


Ensuring Equitable, High-Quality Health Care Protects People, Elevates Communities

Multiple laws, regulations, and best practices govern California Hospitals’ work on health equity. This chart on Health Equity Reporting Requirements provides a high-level crosswalk of these requirements.