Take 5 episode addresses Joint Commission's diversity, inclusion activities
A new episode of Take 5 discusses The Joint Commission's new activities focusing on diversity and racial equity in health care.
The conversation features Joint Commission officers Ana Pujols McKee, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, Executive Vice President, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation.
“The Joint Commission has a leading role in addressing what is really a patient safety concern,” Dr. McKee said during the podcast. “We have to start thinking that if someone is not getting the right care at the right time because of their race or language difference or religion or gender identity that that’s a safety concern.
“The Joint Commission needs to make the case that this is a safety concern and every organization should be trying to identify opportunities to reduce the inequities in care, whether it is in mammogram use or vaccination — but they need to start. The Joint Commission will be encouraging organizations to take the first and necessary steps to address this problem.”
Dr. Baker said one of the first things that is needed to address these issues is to identify leading practices and to help disseminate them through the internet and through The Joint Commission’s surveyors.
“I think a lot of organizations [have] the motivation and their hearts are in the right place, and they want to address these issues,” Dr. Baker said. “But, honestly, they don’t know where to begin. So, we need to be able to overcome that. But that might not be enough, so we need to be able to think about standards to be able to encourage organizations to begin to address this.”
Listen to the conversation. [13:05]