The MGH Annual Report on Equity in Health Care Quality (formerly known as the Disparities Dashboard) monitors several key components of quality by race, ethnicity, and language. It was developed in response to The IOM Report Crossing the Quality Chasm, which identifies equity – the principle that quality of care should not vary by race, ethnicity, or gender, among other characteristics – as one of six pillars of quality. Although race and ethnicity data have been collected routinely at the MGH for several years, this data was not routinely analyzed or reported prior to developing this report in 2005. The AREHQ was one of the first of its kind in the nation and is now produced annually. In addition to providing an analysis of key quality measures stratified by race, ethnicity, and language, the AREHQ identifies areas for quality improvement and reports on the progress of initiatives addressing disparities at the MGH.
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Information from the Equity Report is available publicly on the MGH Quality and Safety website.
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Many Disparities Leadership Program participants have had success in creating Disparities Dashboards in their organization. To learn more about the Disparities Leadership Program, please visit our DLP webpage. Below is a list of DLP Alumni who have created disparities dashboards.
- Alameda County Medical Center (Oakland, CA)
Annette Johnson and Benita McLarin
- AnMed Health (Anderson, SC)
Juana Slade and Suzanne Wilson
- Barnes Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, MO)
Brenda Battle and Kelly Simunovich
- Erlanger Health System (Chattanooga, TN)
- Harbor Health Services (Dorchester, MA)
- Mount Carmel Health System (Columbus, OH)
Jacqueline Hilton, Richard Streck, Katrina Farmer, and Aprile Burt-Harp
- University of California, Davis Health System (Sacramento, CA)
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Marbella Sala, and Angela Gandolfo