Health Equity and Disparity Resources
Health Equity Definitions – This web page sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health offers a host of resources on health equity including a quick fact sheet on most commonly used health equity terms with definitions.
Equity of Care Website – Equity of Care is leading the health field on a clear path to eliminate disparities.Through free resources Equity of Care is leading the health field on a clear path to eliminate disparities. This site was created to help hospitals, health systems, clinicians and staff improve the quality of care for each and every patient.
NC Statistics and Reports on Minority Health – This web page is maintained by the NC Department of Health and Human Services State Center for Health Statistics.
AHRQ National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports – This site provides a unified Web tool for investigating information presented in the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports (NHQR/DR).
Institute of Medicine EMR Data Collection Recommendations – The Institute of Medicine’s set of six criteria that can be used to identify core domains for inclusion in EHRs.
Roadmap to Reducing Disparities – This site serves as a guide for healthcare organizations to improve minority health and foster equity. It is sponsored by the University of Chicago in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Ambulatory Care – Measuring Healthcare Disparities – The report developed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) contains 36 disparities-sensitive voluntary consensus standards that address all levels of measurement, including practitioner practices, large and small groups, and health plans. In addition, the report includes performance measures at the community level for the purposes of quality improvement.
NIH Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) – The mission of NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities.
DiversityInc: Healthcare Webpage – DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity.
The Institute for Diversity in Health Management– is committed to expanding health care leadership opportunities for ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse individuals, and increasing the number of these individuals entering and advancing in the field. The IDHM sponsors diversity dialogue webinar on various topics.
Cultural Competency and CLAS Standards
Cultural Competency Measures and Implementation Strategies – This report prepared by the National Quality Forum presents the recommendations and findings of the Panel, which reviewed and evaluated the cultural competency practices and focuses on broad issues related to the development of the survey measure (e.g., weighting of the framework domains and inclusion
Patients with Limited English Proficiency TeamSTEPPS® Enhancing Safety for Patients With Limited English Proficiency Module
The TeamSTEPPS Limited English Proficiency module is designed to help you develop and deploy a customized plan to train your staff in teamwork skills and lead a medical teamwork improvement initiative in your organization from initial concept development through to sustainment of positive changes. This evidence-based module will provide insight into the core concepts of teamwork as they are applied to your work with patients who have difficulty communicating in English. Comprehensive curricula and instructional guides include short case studies and videos illustrating teamwork opportunities and successes
Health Literacy Resources
NC Program on Health Literacy – The North Carolina Program on Health Literacy has resources and expertise to help organizations interested in promoting health literacy in practice and research.
Joint Commission video (10 min) – A review of JC standards on promoting health equity and patient-centered care
PRISM – Project to Review and Improve Study Materials – is an initiative to improve the readability of print materials. The PRISM Readability Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides research teams with tools to help support the creation of study materials that can be easily read by the average participant.
AskMe3 – A patient education program designed to promote communication between healthcare providers and patients, in order to improve health outcomes. The site includes presentations, tool kits for professionals and patients, fact sheets, brochures, statistics, logos and guidelines and more.
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective – This 11-part Toolkit provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help you make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use
Center for Disease Control – Simply Put: A Guide for Creating Easy-to-Understand Materials -This brief provides the basics to help you write easy-to-read materials. This brief gives you some background information and “tricks of the trade” to get you going.
USP Pictograms Pharmacopeia pictogram images showing how to take and store medicines
Center for Disease Control Health Literacy – This site provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health. These resources are for all organizations that interact and communicate with people about health, including public health departments, healthcare providers and facilities, health plans, government agencies, non-profit/community and advocacy organizations, childcare and schools, the media, and health-related industries
Sample Disparities Dashboards
These Disparities dashboard displays breakout data by age, gender, and race/ethnicity across topic areas to help identify disparities within populations.