Great Lakes Health Equity Webinar: Equity in Quality

Great Lakes Health Equity Webinar: Equity in Quality

DATE: March 23, 2018

TIME: 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST


  • Moderators: Shaan Trotter, Administrative Director, Office of Equity and Minority Health, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and James Bell, Director of Policy and Engagement, Michigan Public Health Institute
  • Presenter: Knitasha Washington, Founder and CEO, ATW Health Solutions

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) produced Crossing the Quality Chasm: A new Health System for the 21st Century, a publication that defined the six aims of quality health care (described as safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable). While the report prompted national attention upon its release there is is still much work to be done to reach health equity.   Achieving more equitable outcomes includes identifying disparities, understanding the root-causes and putting into action the practice of equitable strategies.

“Equity is no longer a separate initiative but is equal to quality… it is a strategic imperative.”

Institute on Assets and Social Policy (2016)

Evidence currently shows that disparities cost the nation an estimated $50.3 billion in excess healthcare expenditures, $35 billion in illness-related lost productivity, and nearly $309 billion in premature death. Racial and ethnic minorities disproportionately represent populations bearing the greatest burdens.

This webinar will: 

  1. Explain the important role equity in health care quality improvement efforts;
  2. Describe effective approaches health service organizations have taken to integrate equity into their organizational quality strategies; and
  3. Identify strategies resources to eliminate disparities and improve outcomes in readmissions, heart disease, and diabetes.

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The Great Lakes Health Equity Council (RHEC V) is one of 10 regional health equity councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners, and stakeholders committed to action. A coalition of leaders and health disparities experts representing several sectors and the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, Great Lakes RHEC envisions a region free of disparities in health and health care, where all people attain the highest level of health. Visit the Great Lakes RHEC website for more information:


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