As our nation continues to pursue comprehensive health care reform, the need to improve health care quality and achieve equitable care for all Americans remains a critical issue that must be addressed. High-quality health care is seldom consistently distributed across populations, and vulnerable groups – such as racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities – are more likely to be negatively affected by disparities in health care.
On March 25, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform hosted a national conference to begin to address health care quality issues faced by vulnerable communities. Key stakeholders came together to:
- Advance strategies for improved data collection, integration, and utilization activities, as well as disparities measurement to promote health care equity; and
- Identify best practices for collecting and reporting race, ethnicity, and primary language data, as well as determine practical, consensus-driven steps to measure and use these data to improve quality of care.