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.

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 […]

Transgender Health Care Dignity Model and Certification Program

Health care providers and staff will learn how to provide the highest quality care for transgender, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and intersex patients through a dignity-first approach. This online half-day course covers the eight-unit Dignity Model, created by Kristie Overstreet, PhD, through an interactive lecture.

Introduction to the Anchor Mission

Register now for Introduction to the Anchor Mission, a workshop hosted by HASC and the Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) Advancing Health Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative. The complimentary online workshop is one of four in which participants will collectively address the underlying racial, social, economic, environmental and systemic conditions that fuel health inequities through implementing […]

In the Spotlight: Felita Jones, EdD

The National Health Foundation (NHF) welcomed Felita Jones, EdD, as president and CEO on Aug. 15. A few weeks into her new role, Dr. Jones shared with HASC’s communications team about what has inspired her life’s work, NHF’s current projects and her vision for the organization’s future. This interview is part of In the Spotlight — a […]

Updates: Unequal Pay, NHF Arleta Project, PREP Report

As fall fast approaches, so far this year has again seen new challenges for our member hospitals as they recover from the frenetic and tireless work over the last two-plus years. It’s with pride that I express my empathy and gratitude for this difficult work — and my pleasure in sharing recent accomplishments that wouldn’t […]

Welcome to New NHF CEO; Minimum Wage Initiative Update

HASC Welcomes Dr. Felita Jones After an extensive executive search, I’m delighted to announce that Dr. Felita Jones started this week as President/CEO of National Health Foundation (NHF). Dr. Jones brings many years of leadership experience in nonprofit management, community outreach, fund development, health, behavioral health and social services. She is well positioned to lead […]

Developing a Robust DE&I Initiative: Creating Organizational and Community-wide Ownership

Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) and HASC invite you to an online roundtable discussion focused on helping your organization develop a strong diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) program. Topics will include moving your DE&I statement toward implementation, getting authentic buy-in and ownership from leadership and staff, and understanding the DE&I learning curve. Speaker: Dr. Karen Keller […]

L.A. City Moves to Adopt Unequal Pay Ordinance

You’re likely aware that the SEIU-UHW union has filed nine risky and inequitable ballot initiatives in nine Southern California cities, aimed for the November 2022 ballot. The cities are Los Angeles, Downey, Inglewood, Long Beach, Monterey Park, Culver City, Baldwin Park, Duarte and Lynwood. The measures would set new, arbitrary pay requirements for some health […]