Prioritize, Plan and Take Action
Addressing health care disparities often involves the coordination of efforts across multiple departments and may include technology solutions, training and education, and new or modified processes. It can be overwhelming for an organization to decide where to focus its efforts to reduce health care disparities, so it is important to prioritize at least one area to address first. Organizations should define the health care disparity and the specific population(s) of focus, the improvement goal, the strategies and resources needed to achieve the goal, and the process that will be used to monitor and report progress. Organizations can then build on the lessons learned from that approach to address additional disparities in the future.