Achieving Health Equity
What is Health Equity?
The attainment of the highest level of health for all people, where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their optimal health regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, preferred language or other factors that affect access to care and health outcomes.¹
Why is Achieving Health Equity Important?
Providing equitable care means considering a person’s circumstances, culture, and beliefs so services can be delivered to allow people to achieve optimal health. If all aspects of a person’s life are not considered amidst their overall health, they may experience health disparities resulting in worse outcomes and thus a poorer quality of life. Health disparities are not just harmful, but expensive.
Great Plains QIN will work within healthcare communities to increase opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, no matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we make. Access resources and related news stories below.
Tools & Trainings to Identify and Address Health Disparities
CMS Disparities Impact Statement
CMS Guide to Developing a Language Access Plan
CMS Providing Language Services to Diverse Populations: Lessons from the Field
CMS Achieving Health Equity (Medicare Learning Network Training)
CMS Modernizing Healthcare to Improve Physical Accessibility (Medicare Learning Network Training)
CMS Improving Health Care Quality for LGBTQ People (Medicare Learning Network Training)
Tools for Patients & Families
National CLAS Standards
- National CLAS Standards
- CLAS Education
- How-to Guide: Providing CLAS
- Resource Library
- Implementation Checklist for the National CLAS Standards
- A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice