TITLE

Addressing Diversity and Moving Toward Equity in Hospital Care

AUTHOR(S)
Cordova, Richard D.; Beaudin, Christy L.; Iwanabe, Kelly F.
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Frontiers of Health Services Management;Spring2010, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Healthcare disparities are a major challenge for hospital and healthcare system leadership. Leaders must possess vision, visibility, and ability to drive organizational change toward an environment that fosters diversity and cultural competence. As challenging economic conditions force management to make difficult budgetary decisions, the integration of equity into the organization's core mission and strategic process is essential for sustainability. Building organizational capacity requires systematic actions including workforce composition, training and development, and policy advocacy. This article offers perspectives on the current state of diversity in hospitals, exemplars from pediatric hospitals, and considerations for the future. Healthcare leaders are influential in shaping the future of the organization through strategic planning and resource allocation to those efforts that enhance services, programs, and processes that support a culture of diversity and equity.
ACCESSION #
52410483

 

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