Hosted by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum

As our nation continues its march towards the successful implementation of health care reform and payment reform, the basic infrastructure is being put into place, but many questions remain. Will the newly insured understand how to access and navigate the health care system? Will we be able to improve quality, control cost and drive utilization to these ends? Can we survive in a new era of accountability, with financial carrots and sticks driving population health, patient experience, patient safety, and transitions of care? How can we do all of this for an increasingly diverse, vulnerable patient population? Can we improve quality, achieve equity, eliminate disparities and deliver high-value, high-performance health care?

Addressing these challenges in a thoughtful yet strategic way will be essential for success in a time of rapid health care transformation. Improving quality and achieving equity are more important than ever before, as disparities are in fact the epitome of low value—care that varies in quality, and is usually more costly. Assuring meaningful access, and creating systems that finance and deliver high quality care to all in an era of unprecedented accountability, are emerging as the hard work at hand.

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum will provide the essential strategies to improve quality, achieve equity and deliver high-value healthcare to diverse populations. Our focus on access and accountability will allow us to tackle these issues head-on, sharing strategies for success. Leaders from multiple disciplines and health care organizations who work in the areas of quality and safety; disparities, diversity and equity; health policy; and health care design and delivery, as well as anyone interested in these fields, will find the Forum to be a unique and worthwhile experience.

Come hear from leaders on how to:

  • Secure leadership buy-in on equity in the C-Suite
  • Leverage big data to address disparities
  • Develop community-based approaches for addressing disparities
  • Prevent readmissions for diverse populations
  • Create health plan strategies to improve equity
  • Advance Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s Office of Minority Health’s Health Equity Strategy
  • Understand America’s demographic transformation
  • Leverage disruptive and innovative strategies to achieve equity
  • Address disparities in oral health care
  • Deploy population health management approaches
  • Deliver high-quality care to dual-eligible beneficiaries

Network with colleagues and peers from hospitals, health plans, health centers, and other healthcare organizations that are integrating disparities solutions into quality improvement, and innovating at the front-line.

The Forum promises to be a stimulating, action-oriented, and cutting-edge event where participants will leave better equipped to assure meaningful access and be prepared for accountability as we strive to deliver high-value health care to diverse populations.

See below for an agenda and full list of speakers for this year’s Equity Forum!

Conference Agenda
Click here to view the full agenda from the 2016 Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum.

Click here to view a full list of speakers for the 2016 Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum.

Disparities Leadership Program Alumni Poster Session

The 2014 Forum featured a special infographic poster session highlighting the work of Disparities Leadership Program Alumni. Click on a poster below for a PDF version of each organization’s infographic.

Click here for more information about the Disparities Leadership Program.

AnMed Health
Anderson, SC
Disparities Dashboard

CHE Trinity Health
Livonia, MI

CHE Trinity Health
Livonia, MI
Disparities Data

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Boston, MA
Everyone with Diabetes Counts

Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA
Equitable Care Health Outcomes

KentuckyOne Health
Louisville, KY
Health Connections Initiative

Community Health Center

Manchester, NH
Center of Excellence for Culturally Effective Care

MGH Neurology
Boston, MA
Improving Stroke Care

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Nashville, TN
Office of Inclusion & Health Equity

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE
Cultural Competency Training

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE
Demographic Shifts in Outpatient Population

One Love
Center for Health

Oakland, CA
Illness Patterns & Food Security

Health Plan

San Francisco, CA
Healthier Living Program

Seattle Children’s
Seattle, WA
Addressing Disparities in Patient & Family Experience

DSC Infographics

Understanding & Eliminating Disparities

Using Data to Improve Quality & Achieve Equity

Disparities Leadership Program

Kotter Model for Organizational Change