Health Equity

About Health Equity

Disparate health outcomes for Californians are often the result of historic and systemic inequalities that persist today. 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. That’s why California’s hospitals are committed to ensuring every Californian receives equitable, high-quality care through programs that address the social determinants of health — things like housing instability, access to healthy foods, and community violence. But hospitals alone cannot eliminate health disparities. It will take systemic reform, paired with broad partnerships across all segments of California’s communities, to improve the status quo.

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.  

Bringing Care to One Rural Community

In the Central Valley town of Mendota, almost half of the population lives below the poverty line and, until recently, had limited access to health care. Seeing their need, Madera Community Hospital stepped in to build a medical clinic, and now families there — many of them farmworkers — no longer have to arrange for transportation to travel a long distance or take hours away from their work just to get the care they need.  

Helping All Californians Reach the Highest Standards of Health

A comprehensive, multi-level strategy is needed to eliminate (health) disparities. Broad sectors – including healthcare providers, their patients, payors, health plan purchasers, and society at large – should be made aware of the healthcare gap between racial and ethnic groups in the United States. — Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic disparities in Health Care

CMS IPPS Update Far Too Small Given Current Challenges

As hospitals throughout the nation struggle to find their financial footing through this latest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) update for the coming fiscal year falls woefully short of what is needed to preserve access to care and rebuild a tattered health care system.