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Addressing Health Disparities: Using Data to Close Gaps

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Thursday, March 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

This event for HIINs and hospitals will build on the February 28th Pacing Event by examining the use of data deep dives, data tools, and action plans to identify and address healthcare disparities. The discussion will include examples of how HIINs are targeting gaps, developing resources to visualize improvements and gaps, and using the CMS Disparities Impact Statement to document action plans. In addition, the session will integrate examples of identified hospital-level gaps, associated interventions, and results in improving health equity.

Summary from 3/28 Pacing Event: “Addressing Health Disparities: Using Data to Close Gaps”

This event for HIINs and hospitals built on the February 28th Pacing Event by examining the use of data deep dives, data tools, and action plans to identify and address healthcare disparities. The discussion included examples of how HIINs are targeting gaps, developing resources to visualize improvements and gaps, and using the CMS Disparities Impact Statement to document action plans. In addition, the session integrated examples of identified hospital-level gaps, associated interventions, and results in improving health equity.

This guest presenters for this session included:

Monique Millington, MPH, and Durward Rackleff, RN, from the NYSPFP HIIN, who discussed their analysis to identify hospitals that serve patients from deprived areas, and how these data are being use to drive targeted hospital-level interventions through a Rapid Cycle Improvement project


Judy Brady, RN, BSN, MPA-HA, and Erika Klump from the Premier HIIN, who discussed their multi-faceted approach to addressing health equity, including what was learned from the HIIN-developed Health Equity Organizational Assessment to drive efforts and the use of the Disparities Impact Statement, as well as showed examples of and discussed their health equity dashboard for stratifying data by harm topic


Lisa Morrise, MArts, patient advocate and representative of the Patient and Family Engagement Contractor (PFEC) team reflected on the importance of this work and our path ahead from a person and family engagement perspective. The session was moderated by Bruce Spurlock, MD (NCD).