Communities Lifting Communities

Advancing Health Equity: Pathways for Hospitals to Improve Health Virtual Workshop

Session Description 

This intensive one-day workshop offered by the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), and presented by Communities Lifting Communities and the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, provides an in-depth overview of the role hospitals can play in advancing health equity across their organizations and in the communities they serve.

The workshop will cover foundational concepts central to advancing health equity including an overview of the difference between equity and equality in a health care setting, the root causes of health inequities (both historical and contemporary) and the impact of implicit bias and racism on current health outcomes.

Participants will learn strategies for how hospitals can work to transform their organizations into anchor institutions by adopting an anchor mission and aligning institutional resources – including hiring, purchasing and investments- with the needs of their communities. In addition, this course will cover relevant legislation related to implicit bias recently passed at the State level.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the difference between equity and equality in a health care setting. 
  • Understand how social determinants of health contribute to health inequities. 
  • Describe the root causes of health inequities and identify how historical and contemporary root causes continue to impact health outcomes today. 
  • Understand how implicit bias and racism, both interpersonal and structural, impact health outcomes. 
  • Identify strategies for addressing racism and bias on a personal and institutional level.
  • Learn best practices for addressing health inequities and advancing health equity across organizations and systems. 
  • Recognize the vital role hospitals can play as anchor institutions and identify strategies to align institutional mission and resources to support the communities they serve.

Who Should Attend?

Executive leadership, directors and managers who oversee staff,  organizational strategy, human resources, employee relations, community benefit/population health and quality improvement.

Course Dates and Times

Friday, May 14, 2021
Friday, August 13, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.