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Mar 13, 2019
This week, as part of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival’s Interactive Health and MedTech track, the American Hospital Association and hospital leaders have been sharing how hospitals and health systems are transforming to advance health in their communities. 
Jan 16, 2019 by Genevieve Diesing
At last month’s AHA Executive Forum, Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., senior vice president of community health and equity and chief wellness and diversity officer at Henry Ford Health System; José R. Sánchez, president and CEO of Norwegian American Hospital; John H. Vassall, M.D., physician executive for quality and safety at Qualis Health; and Sanjay Malaviya, president and CEO of RL Solutions; discussed how health equity data, inclusive leadership and more can improve patient outcomes.
Jan 9, 2019 by Duane Reynolds
Reynolds says the Institute is poised to be a convener of the AHA’s diverse constituency and will elevate the relevance of its expertise and educational programming, along with introducing new analytical insights, as it continues to guide members in their pursuit of the advancement of diversity, inclusion and health equity.
Dec 20, 2018 by Jay Bhatt
Last week’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care brought together individuals across the health care system for a conversation to accelerate, amplify and take action toward creating a better future. 
Dec 3, 2018 by Nancy Agee
Three years ago, the AHA launched the #123forEquity pledge campaign to accelerate progress toward improving health equity, asking hospitals and health systems to take action in three areas: increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity, language preference and other socio-demographic data; increasing cultural competency training; and increasing diversity in leadership and governance. A fourth area – improving and strengthening community partnerships – was added last year. 
Nov 8, 2018 by Cynthia Washington
Hospitals are using CHWs to expand access to care and achieve better health outcomes, particularly among underserved communities. 
Nov 7, 2018 by Genevieve Diesing
By using its comparative database, deploying community health workers and convening diverse community partnerships, Navicent Health has exemplified what it means to be an equitable organization.
Sep 18, 2018 by Jay Bhatt
AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O. highlights two podcasts from the AHA Physician Alliance series in which Allen Weiss, M.D., president and CEO of NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Fla., and Christine Stabler, M.D., vice president for academic affairs, Lancaster Health in Lancaster, Pa., discuss the importance of partnerships and thinking outside the box in order to improve the health of individuals and communities.
Sep 11, 2018 by Genevieve Diesing
As health care organizations strive to cultivate inclusive workplaces, many could use a comprehensive structure to keep their efforts in check. A ‘first-of-its-kind’ study from the Perelman School of Medicine, which is part of the academic medical center Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, has given way to a taxonomy that other health care leaders can use to do exactly that.