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IFDHE Online Resource Center

IFDHE welcomes you to the Online Resource Center. Here you will find links and downloads of the latest studies, information, news, and data designed to help hospitals diversify their workforce and better serve their diverse patient populations. We hope you check back often to take advantage of our growing resource database.


Diversity and Inclusion: AHA

At America’s hospitals and health systems, we want to make sure everyone feels seen and included – from the frontlines to the boardroom. And we’re working hard to ensure that our patients feel valued and recognized as the unique individuals they are.

The Journey from Medical Care to Health Care: Lessons from the Field

Christopher J. King Ph.D., FACHE, chair and associate professor in the Department of Health Systems Administration at Georgetown University, provides insight on how to develop workforce soft skills around empathy and compassion to advance health equity through community engagement, community investment and population health data analytics. 

Diversity in Heath Care: Examples from the Field 

Diversity is becoming a key word in health care. Hospitals and health care systems are focusing on providing care that addresses the diversity of their patient populations. Hospitals also are working to increase the diversity of their leadership team, board and staff and building a culture of diversity and inclusion. This collection of case studies from the field highlights diversity initiatives at six hospitals across the country.

Case Study: 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 PROGRAM: Women Inspired Neighborhood Network

A Diversity, Equity and Cultural Competency Assessment Tool for Leaders

The 2017 A Diversity, Equity and Cultural Competency Assessment Tool for Leaders helps health care organizations assess their progress to create high-quality, inclusive, equitable and safe care environments aimed at eliminating health and health care disparities to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors and communities. A Diversity, Equity and Cultural Competency Assessment Tool for Leaders includes four sections:

The Imperative for Strategic Workforce Planning and Development: Challenges and Opportunities

The AHA's 2016 Committee on Performance Improvement (CPI) engaged hospital leaders and experts in the field to identify key workforce challenges. These are challenges that already exist today and are expected to be further exacerbated as transformation continues and pressures mount with the various dynamics of a changing payment and delivery system.

Next Generation of Community Health

The American Hospital Association 2016 Committee on Research explored what the next generation of community health may look like as hospitals redefine themselves to keep pace with the changing health care landscape. By focusing on community health in new ways, they can integrate outreach activities more closely with public health, collaborate with a wide variety of community partners and engage with the community to build an infrastructure for good health. This work acknowledges and emphasizes that investing in ameliorating the social and economic determinants of health will be as important as delivering high-quality medical services.

Increasing Supplier Diversity in Health Care

This Equity of Care guide provides action steps and case studies about developing a supplier diversity program.

The Endless Debate: Medicare and Medicaid at 50

This H&HN article by Emily Friedman, independent writer, lecturer, and health policy and ethics analyst, details the history of Medicaid and Medicare from their inception to the collective impact they have had on health care and underserved populations. Friedman was the keynote speaker at "Fifty Years of Fighting: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Transformation of American Health Care," a Sunrise Session sponsored by the Institute, Aramark, CyraCom and Scripps Health at the 2015 Health Forum Leadership Summit. An H&HN infographic detailing 50 years of Medicare can be found here.

Policy Brief: How Focusing on Diversity Can Help Health Care Organizations Achieve the Triple Aim

This policy brief, released by the Institute's American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare, details areas in which diversity initiatives can support efforts to achieve the Triple Aim, as well as resources to help organizations do so.

Equity of Care: A Toolkit for Eliminating Health Care Disparities

Featuring results from the Institute's benchmarking survey on diversity and disparities, is a user-friendly “how-to” guide to help accelerate the elimination of health care disparities and ensure hospital leadership reflect the communities they serve. Whether your organization is beginning this journey or is already deeply engrained in this work, the compendium was created in response to your many requests to gather best practices in one convenient resource. For more information, click here or visit the Equity of Care website.

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding - Workplace Resources

This page provides employers with fact sheets, surveys and additional resources aimed at ending harassment within the workplace.