Health Equity Grant Focus Areas


    Better Health for Mothers and Babies
    Maternal health is a high priority for AHA and its member hospitals and health systems. As part of that commitment, AHA has long partnered with national organizations as an active member in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). Together we are working to safeguard mothers and babies by reducing maternal morbidity. Better Health for Mothers and Babies is the umbrella under which this work is happening. To date, the field’s collective efforts have largely focused on in-hospital maternal morbidity; that work is foundational and recent data shows that the morbidity and mortality is declining in some regions of the country.

    Improving Infant Mortality Rates for African-American Families - Henry Ford Health System, Detroit Medical Center, Beaumont-Dearborn Healthcare System, St. John Providence Health System, Detroit
    The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, works closely with health services organizations to advance health equity for all and to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health management. We have long believed that promoting diversity within health care leadership and tackling health disparities is critical to ensuring the highest quality of care for everyone.

    The Women in Neighborhood Network empowers mothers and their support partners to help thrive along with their babies during the first year. This program piloted an enhanced model of group prenatal care with CHWs and Certified Nurse Midwivers.

    Human- Centered Solutions to Improve Reproductive and Maternal Health Outcomes in Washington, D.C.
    This report shines a light on unmet reproductive and maternal health needs of low-income women living in the District of Columbia, and provides policymakers and providers with a Roadmap for Action containing a clear set of 12 actionable and costed initiatives that can be pursued to improve the health and well-being of women and their families.

    Innovation Challenge Winner Utilizes Telehealth in Maternal, Infant Health
    On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s The Value Initiative, speaks with a team from the top winner of the American Hospital Association’s 2019 Innovation Challenge, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, about their award-winning approach to maternal and infant health using telehealth.

    Eliminating Maternal Health Disparities
    On this AHA Advancing Health Podcast, Jay Bhatt, AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, and obstetrician-gynecologist Sharmila Makhija, M.D., discuss the AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s goal of eliminating maternal health disparities, including lowering maternal mortality rates for black women.

    Members in Action Case Studies
    The AHA has created an Action Plan that describes four steps to help meet the goal of eliminating maternal mortality and reducing severe morbidity:

    1. Evaluate and act on your data
    2. Examine disparities
    3. Engage mothers and families
    4. Partner with clinicians and stakeholders in your community
    This Action Plan incorporates feedback from hundreds of hospital and clinical leaders who serve on AHA’s councils, committees and regional policy boards. The member case studies below highlight how our member hospitals and health systems have worked to implement these actions.



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    New diabetes cases down 35 percent since 2008
    After increasing for almost two decades, the annual number of new diabetes cases in U.S. adults fell by 35 percent between 2008 and 2017, to 1.3 million, according to a new study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported this week in the British Medical Journals’ Open Diabetes Research and Care. The share of U.S. adults living with a diabetes diagnosis peaked at 8.2 per 100 in 2009, then leveled to 8 per 100 or about 21 million.


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    Medicare to cover NGS for patients with inherited ovarian, breast cancer
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a national decision to cover diagnostic laboratory tests using next generation sequencing for certain Medicare patients with inherited ovarian or breast cancer.


    Rural Health Equity Matters: How one Kansas hospital is addressing its sustainability challenges and advancing health equity
    Kearny County Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Lakin, Kan., has had success in caring for a unique rural community. Under the leadership of CEO Benjamin Anderson, the hospital revamped its recruitment efforts to bring some top physicians to practice medicine in a rural but progressive environment. As rural hospitals across the country struggle to keep their doors open, Anderson knew it would take bold, innovative thinking to attrct and retain top talent and continue to provide to patients far and wide.