Health Equity

About Health Equity

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, and it has risen to the level of a public health crisis in California. Unequal access to health care and health resources, as well as unequal and damaging environmental conditions due to race, socioeconomic status, and other factors is untenable in a just and healthy society. Ensuring every Californian receives equitable, high-quality care requires long-term, systemic solutions. Some facts:

  • 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.
  • About one in five Latinx Californians report not having a usual source of care and difficulty finding a specialist.
  • Californians who are Native American and Alaska Native, as well as Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, are less likely to report having a checkup within the past year than other racial/ethnic groups.

*Source: California Health Care Foundation

California’s hospitals are on the front lines of mitigating health inequities. Within their communities, hospitals examine and address the social determinants of health — things like housing instability, access to healthy foods, and community violence — that significantly affect health risks and outcomes. And they continually work to improve the experience and outcomes for everyone in their care through a variety of initiatives, including a statewide maternal health quality collaborative; data collection and analysis on race, ethnicity, language preference, and other sociodemographic data; cultural competency training; increasing diversity in leadership and governance; and improving and strengthening community partnerships. But hospitals alone cannot eliminate health disparities. It will take systemic reform, paired with broad partnerships across all segments of California’s communities, to break from the status quo.

2022 Legislative Wrap Up Webinar

It is time to start preparing for the new laws hospitals must comply with in the coming year. Join us to learn what you need to know now and what you need to start thinking about to be ready for 2023. CHA panelists will set the stage with a high-level overview of legislation this year […]

Emergency Services Forum

Gather. Learn. Refocus. While there continue to be many unknowns, and ever-changing patient care delivery models in hospitals, we are long overdue to get together, in person, to support each other, gain new insights, and adjust from the frenetic pandemic. It’s time to gather to learn, refocus, and reconnect.   

CHA Issues Summaries of FFY 2023 IPPS and LTCH PPS Final Rule

CHA has issued comprehensive summaries of the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2023 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) PPS final rules. The policy and payment provisions in the final rules are effective for FFY 2023 discharges, beginning Oct. 1. 

CHA Provides Feedback to CMS on Medicare Advantage Program

CHA has submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) request for information about various aspects of the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. The agency sought public feedback on ways to improve MA and to inform potential future rulemaking on the program.  

HQI to Host Webinar Series on Health Equity Basics

The Hospital Quality Institute is offering a two-part webinar series on Health Equity Basics for Hospitals. The aim is to provide hospitals with the latest information on how to operationalize and execute actionable strategies to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities.