Understanding Health Equity

Got about a minute to understand health equity? IFDHE has clear explanations from the experts (1:15)

The concept of health equity and eliminating health care disparities in all communities covers a lot of ground and can be tough to explain. Cultural sensitivities, unconscious biases and language barriers are only a few of the components shaping the core of what health equity reflects. Watch five experts clearly explain the meaning of health equity in just over a minute.

Health Equity Grant Program

AHA partners with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois on Health Equity Grants (3:02)

The American Hospital Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) are helping hospitals build greater connections within their communities to ensure safe, equitable and valuable health care options for all patients. Through the Health Equity Grant Program, thirteen AHA-member hospitals in the Blue Cross-network across Illinois received funding to support new programs advancing health equity. See how the program has made a positive impact in many underserved communities.

For more on this topic, see the Health Equity Grant Program page.

Rural Health Equity

AHA highlights health equity efforts at rural hospital in Kansas (3:02)

In a video highlighting Kearny County Hospital’s innovative efforts to attract physicians and improve health equity, Duane Reynolds, president and CEO of AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and John Supplitt, AHA’s senior director of AHA’s Constituency Sections, join with leaders from the hospital and community to discuss the importance of addressing the unique needs of a rural population.

For more on this topic, read Rural Health Equity Matters: How one Kansas hospital is addressing its sustainability challenges and advancing health equity by Duane Reynolds.

2020 Equity of Care Awards

AHA Congratulates the 2020 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award winners (3:02)

The AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity has renamed the Equity of Care award to honor Carolyn Boone Lewis, the first African American and first hospital trustee to chair the AHA board, who was a tireless advocate for equity of care. “Hospitals and health systems that participate in the Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award process demonstrate a commitment to improving health for all people,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack.

For more on this topic, see our Equity of Care Awards page.