A new road map from the National Quality Forum (NQF) Disparities Committee recommends policies and practices providers can adopt to promote health equity and eliminate disparities.

The committee is co-chaired by staff from America’s Essential Hospitals members: Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics at The University of Chicago, and Ninez Ponce, PhD, MPP, professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The road map, entitled “Four I’s for Health Equity,” encourages stakeholders to:

  • identify and focus on reducing health disparities;
  • implement evidence-based interventions, such as connecting patients to community-based services or culturally tailored programs, and involve patients and families in developing these interventions;
  • invest in developing performance measures that detect disparities and assess the promotion of health equity; and
  • incentivize through payment models the reduction of health disparities and the achievement of health equity.

The report includes 10 recommendations for a systemic approach to encouraging health equity work, including collecting social risk factor data; investing in preventive and primary care for patients with social risk factors; acknowledging “social complexity” as a payment concept; funding delivery and payment reform demonstration projects to reduce disparities; and other practices.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.