Health equity is a critical topic for essential hospitals and health systems: those that disproportionately care for low-income and marginalized patients. As an association, we are dedicated to acknowledging and addressing the deeply entrenched and historical racism that plays a critical role in determining the health and well-being of our members’ communities.
Through their work with underserved populations, essential hospitals are uniquely focused on the needs and challenges of patient populations facing the greatest disparities and barriers to receiving quality care, including low-income populations, people of color, and other marginalized groups. The barriers these patients face often are compounded by other social issues, such as food, transportation, or housing insecurity. This commitment to promote equity and eliminate disparities puts essential hospitals in a unique position within the health care delivery system. The association supports our members in identifying key barriers and strategies to advancing equity in health care quality.
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