Healthcare Equity Campaign

Goal

In 2009 Henry Ford Health System embarked on the Healthcare Equity Campaign. The Campaign goal was to increase knowledge, awareness, and opportunities to ensure healthcare equity is understood and practiced by Henry Ford Health System providers and other staff, the research community and the community-at-large; and to link healthcare equity as a key, measurable aspect of clinical quality.

Overview

This overarching goal would be achieved through three phases over three years:

  • Phase I - raise awareness among employees about social determinants of health, and health and healthcare disparities
  • Phase II – Implement tools to improve cross-cultural communication and collaboration; plan for review of quality metrics by race, ethnicity, and primary language
  • Phase III – Integrate changes into system processes, policies, and procedures to ensure sustainability and accountability; develop a process for continuous monitoring of quality metrics by race, ethnicity, and primary language and for intervention

Results

The Healthcare Equity Campaign has come to a close and allowed us to grow our capacity, create a structure, develop tools, improve leadership awareness, and identify existing gaps to equity at Henry Ford Health System. In doing so, it has given HFHS a laser focus for continuous organizational improvement around equity and cultural competency. Thus, while the Campaign has ended, our work has only just begun!

To learn more about what we accomplished through the Campaign, the 2009 - 2011 Healthcare Equity Campaign Report is available for you.

Contact

For more information, contact Megan Brady, Project Coordinator, Institute on Multicultural Health, at (313) 874-6048 or mbrady2@hfhs.org.

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