Take a stand: Speak Up Against Discrimination in health care
It is undeniable that racism is a patient safety issue. The Joint Commission has standards to guide its accredited and certified organizations to help ensure that all people receive care that is free from discrimination.
Speak Up™ Against Discrimination, a new patient safety campaign from The Joint Commission, focuses on what rights patients have and what they can do if they feel they are being discriminated against and receiving substandard care.
These educational resources include:
- An infographic poster/flyer in three sizes (8.5x11, 11x17 and 24x36).
- An animated video to incorporate in health care facilities.
- A distribution guide with recommendations on how health care organizations can use and provide the materials for patients and their families, caregivers, and advocates.
The infographic and video are available in both English and Spanish.
Launched in 2002, the award-winning Speak Up™ program has been used in more than 70 countries. It encourages patients to be their own advocates and to:
- Speak up
- Pay attention
- Educate yourself
- Advocates (family members and friends) can help
- Know about your new medicine
- Use a quality health care organization
- Participate in all decisions about your care
For updates on new Speak Up™ campaigns as they become available, sign up for email alerts or subscribe to the e-newsletter Joint Commission Online. (Contact: Caron Wong, )