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Make Health Care Equity a Leader-Driven Priority

Leadership is essential for the success of any quality and safety improvement project, and it is equally important for addressing health-related social needs and health care disparities.

Standard LD.04.03.08

Reducing health care disparities for the organization’s patients is a quality and safety priority.

EP 1

The organization designates an individual(s) to lead activities to reduce health care disparities for the organization’s patients.

Note

Leading the organization’s activities to reduce health care disparities may be an individual’s primary role or part of a broader set of responsibilities.


Some terms used in the requirements will vary by accreditation program. For example, the behavioral health care and human services program uses the term "individual served" as opposed to "patient" that is used in hospital and ambulatory settings.

Learn from Other Organizations

Check out the Snapshots and Soundbites to learn how other organizations created a leadership infrastructure to support their health care equity work.

In addition to Soundbites and Snapshots from University Health Kansas City Hospital, come back soon to learn from other organizations engaged in this important health care equity work.

Preview of Resources

Looking for a template to guide discussions, an assessment tool to determine your organization’s current position on its health care equity journey, or the opportunity to exchange ideas with other leaders? If your organization is creating a health care equity team, then a practical resource on how to train others to lead may be useful. To help your organization meet the new health care equity requirements, click the Strategies tab to access the resources we selected to support your efforts.