New award to recognize improvements made in reducing health care disparities
The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente have established the Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity — an annual award to recognize health care organizations and their partners that achieved measurable, sustained reductions in health care disparities. Applications will be accepted from May 17 to July 5.
The award honors the memory of Bernard J. Tyson, the late chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente, who worked tirelessly to remedy the health care disparities that plague the U.S. health care system and our society more broadly.
Organizations of all types that directly deliver health care are encouraged to apply for the award, regardless of their care setting. To be considered, the applicant must have addressed disparities affecting vulnerable populations.
The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente hope that the award will inspire organizations to launch projects to address health care disparities and provide concrete examples for others to emulate. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that describe the implementation of a well-defined intervention and that resulted in a measurable, sustained reduction in disparities. Applications that do not report measurable improvements will not be considered.
More information will be provided in Joint Commission Online in the coming weeks.