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 (CLC) and HASC’s first Vendor Diversity Fair, held Thursday, June 29, was a great success. Approximately 40 vendors of diverse backgrounds and procurement staff from four hospitals gathered at PIH Health Whittier Hospital, creating new connections and developing potential partnerships. By all accounts the event engaged and benefited both business owners and […]
Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) and HASC’s Supplier Diversity Conference will offer hospital purchasers and business owners a forum for learning and networking. Registration is complimentary. Attendees Hospital and health system procurement teams will have access to a wide range of suppliers from diverse backgrounds. Meet new vendors, expand your sourcing base and strengthen your partnerships. […]
In a major effort to reimagine California’s health system, the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI) has selected 37 communities to advance an innovative approach to building community health and equity. Following a rigorous, multi-step review with 22 expert evaluators, the communities will implement an Accountable Community for Health (ACH). ACHs are sustainable platforms […]
Overview CLC and HASC invite you to participate in a virtual DHEI roundtable on The Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report. This long-term accountability tool assists organizations in documenting progress toward achieving racial health equity. More than 200 organizations nationwide have completed the assessment as part of a pilot phase. Thanks to a Commonwealth Fund grant, U.S. hospitals […]
The Vendor Diversity Fair is a forum for diverse vendors and host hospitals to understand one another’s needs better and build strong business relationships.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]