DHEI (Diversity, Health Equity and Inclusion)

About DHEI (Diversity, Health Equity and Inclusion)

Disparate health outcomes for minorities, individuals experiencing homelessness, and other subsets of California’s population are the result of historic and systemic inequalities that persist today, and it has risen to the level of a public health crisis in California. Unequal access to health care and health resources, as well as unequal and damaging environmental conditions due to race, socioeconomic status, and other factors is untenable in a just and healthy society. Some facts*:

Black Californians have the highest rates of new prostate, colorectal, and lung cancer cases, and the highest death rates for breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer.

About one in five Latinx Californians report not having a usual source of care and difficulty finding a specialist.

Californians who are Native American and Alaska Native, as well as Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, are less likely to report having a checkup within the past year than other racial/ethnic groups.

*Source: California Health Care Foundation

Ensuring every Californian receives equitable, high-quality care requires long-term systemic solutions. California’s hospitals are on the front lines of mitigating health inequities. Within their communities, hospitals examine and address social determinants of health — factors such as housing instability, access to healthy foods, and community violence — that significantly affect health risks and outcomes.

Hospitals also continually work to improve patient experience and outcomes through a variety of initiatives, including a statewide maternal health quality collaborative; data collection and analysis on race, ethnicity, language preference, and other sociodemographic data; cultural competency training; increasing diversity in leadership and governance; and improving and strengthening community partnerships.

But hospitals alone cannot eliminate health disparities. It will take systemic reform, paired with broad partnerships across all segments of California’s communities, to break from the status quo.

HCAI Supplier Diversity Report Updates

The California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) has made changes to its Hospital Supplier Diversity Report. Hospitals are required to submit this report annually on their minority, women, LGBT and disabled veteran business enterprise procurement efforts.    Changes include: In addition, it is important to note that HCAI can impose civil penalties on […]

CLC Scholarship Program Aims to Support Workforce Diversity

Communities Lifting Communities (CLC), a nonprofit affiliate of HASC, is pleased to launch the Diversity in Health Care Scholarship and Stipend Program. The program’s goal is to help create a more diverse hospital workforce by providing financial assistance to students currently employed in HASC member hospitals, with special consideration for those from communities historically underrepresented […]

California Hospital Supplier Diversity Report Virtual Roundtable

Overview Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) and HASC invite hospital members to an online roundtable presentation and discussion to help advance supplier diversity initiatives. The event, taking place Tuesday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to noon, will feature Danielle Lynch, associate governmental program analyst for the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI). California hospitals are required to […]

Anchor Mission Workshop 2: Inclusive and Local Hiring

Overview Communities Lifting Communities (CLC), in partnership with HASC, is working to advance health equity and economic opportunity through regional collaboration among hospitals, health systems and partner organizations. The Advancing Health Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative will convene, engage and support hospital and health system executives and staff in addressing the underlying racial, social, economic, […]

Developing a Transformative and Inclusive Organization

Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) and HASC invite you to join our first diversity, health equity and inclusion (DHEI) virtual roundtable event of 2023.  Joining us for this conversation will be Andrea Turner, JD, MBA, CNMT, ACHE, chief operating officer at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.  This session will focus on:  CLC’s DHEI […]

The End of California’s PHE

February 28 marked the ending of vital state policy flexibilities under the public health emergency (PHE) that enabled California providers to meet the pandemic’s unprecedented health care challenges. Among other things, PHE includes waivers that have been critical in expanding patient care space to unlicensed settings, enabling hospitals to care for influxes of patients. Across […]

HASC Partners with LA County AJCC to Connect Hospitals with Job Seekers

HASC, in partnership with the LA County Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and its LA County America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), is working to connect hospitals with job seekers who have recently completed, or expect to complete, health profession training programs this year. The partnership’s goal is to raise awareness of this job candidate […]

Communities Lifting Communities Announces Scholarship Fundraising Campaign

Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) is pleased to launch the fundraising campaign for the Diversity in Health Care Scholarship and Stipend Fund. Its goal is to help foster a more diverse hospital workforce by providing financial assistance to students employed in HASC member hospitals, with special consideration for those from communities traditionally underrepresented in the field.

Supplier Diversity Networking Engagement

Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) and HASC invite member hospital procurement professionals to an in-person networking and learning event on Thursday, Feb. 2. The event, held at The California Endowment, will enable representatives from hospitals, health systems and preselected diverse suppliers to meet one another and hear about current business opportunities. Registration will open at 8 […]