As the leading national advocate for hospitals and health systems, the AHA and its Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) support their member organizations’ efforts to improve the health of the communities they serve.
To fulfill this mission, AHA periodically surveys the field’s efforts, successes and challenges in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). IFDHE’s biennial DEI Benchmark Survey provides a snapshot of member and non-member hospitals’ attitudes and practices regarding diversity in the workforce; leadership and governance; equity; and inclusive policies and behavior. The survey provides insights into hospitals’ progress and highlights opportunities for improvement.
Data Insights Series
Hospitals and health systems across the nation have made strides toward eliminating health disparities and incorporating DEI strategies into their policies and organizational practices to create effective change for the patients and communities they serve. The data highlighted in this document reveal not only the importance of DEI to hospitals and health systems, but also how it is operationalized.
Workforce diversity is a vital component of DEI efforts. Research has shown numerous benefits associated with a diverse workforce, such as higher productivity, retention, employee satisfaction and better clinical outcomes. The survey results highlighted the importance of workforce diversity to health care leaders and revealed strategies hospitals and health systems have implemented to achieve a diverse workforce.