Health Equity Data Strategy

HCIF’s Health Equity Data Strategy (HEDS) is a multi-year collaborative, which aims to decrease disparities in health outcomes for patients through the collection of race, ethnicity, and language (REaL) data. Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) program contributors, including hospitals, health systems, and non-acute care provider organizations, are exclusively invited to participate. Participation in this collaborative will leave organizations better equipped to identify and address disparities in their healthcare treatment through the leveraging of REaL data.


The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) launched the Health Equity Data Strategy (HEDS) Collaborative in 2021, bringing together Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) contributing organizations with the common goal of decreasing disparities in health outcomes in our communities across the Southeast Pennsylvania region. The program’s initial focus is on the collection, stratification, and utilization of race, ethnicity, and language (REaL) data in order to identify and address disparities in care and outcomes. Through the implementation of a “health equity data strategy,” organizations are better positioned to identify disparities and implement strategies for creating equitable care.

The Health Care Improvement Foundation formally enrolled eight hospitals and/or health systems that represent the Southeast PA region of Pennsylvania:

Doylestown Hospital Main Line Health
Jefferson Health Penn Medicine
Jefferson Health Abington & Lansdale Hospitals Redeemer Health
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Through participation, organizations will: complete a HEDS baseline survey in order to assess current practices, isolate potential gaps in practice and opportunities for improvement, and identify emerging best practices; learn from local and national experts; share strategies, best practices, and resources; and develop a sustainable health equity data strategy that consists of an organization’s priorities, processes, and parameters for collection and use of patient data to advance health equity. If you are interested in becoming a HEDS participant, please contact our team.

Survey

The HEDS Baseline Survey (Report Linked Here) was administered in Fall 2021 with the purpose of assessing how organizations collect and utilize REaL data and to allow organizations to benchmark their equity data strategy journey. Participating teams are encouraged to use these survey results to better understand their current data and practices, identify areas for targeted intervention, and measure progress during the course of the collaborative.

Webinars

June 28, 2021: Kick Off Event

Featured Speaker: Jaya Aysola, MD, MPH, Executive Director and Founder of the Penn Center for Health Equity and Advancement; Chair of Penn Medicine’s Health Equity Alliance.

This collaborative kick-off meeting outlined who should participate, what participation in the collaborative will entail, and how to enroll in the collaborative. This webinar featured Jaya Aysola, MD, MPH, who discussed the value and importance of collecting and analyzing REAL data.

January 26, 2022: Using Data to Drive Action and Address Health Disparities

Featured Speaker: Shannon Davila, MSN, RN, CIC, CPHQ, FAPIC, Associate Director of the ECRI and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Patient Safety Organization.

This webinar featured ECRI’s Shannon Davila, who discussed ECRI’s top patient safety concern for 2021 and their report, “Deep Dive: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Healthcare.” Ms. Davila also shared key strategies for understanding, detecting, and reducing disparities at an organization.

Workshops

May 26, 2022: How to Engage Patients in REaL Data

Featured Speaker: Nikki Montgomery, MA, MEd, GPAC, Executive Director of Madvocator Educational & Healthcare Advocacy Training and Program Manager for Family Voices National.

This workshop hosted participating organization’s teams to discuss the initial steps of convening their team and setting their goals. Additionally, this session will focus on patient engagement and feature Nikki Montgomery, MA, MEd, GPAC, who will share about the importance of involving patients in REaL data collection and how to begin that collaboration.

 Materials from workshop sessions and webinars are exclusively available to Health Equity Data Strategy Collaborative participants.

HCIF recruited twelve leaders and champions with expertise in REaL data collection and evaluation, health care disparities, and health equity to serve as advisors and provide input into program design. Advisors were convened monthly throughout 2021 and helped to establish the scope of the collaborative and a set of guiding principles, shared current resources and tools, supported the launch of the program, and provided feedback and analysis on the HEDS Baseline Survey. HCIF would like to acknowledge the important role of the advisors in helping to make the collaborative meaningful and relevant.

Jason Aronovitz, DO

Director, Population Health Analytics, Einstein Care Partners, Einstein Healthcare Network

Jaya Aysola, MD, MPH

Executive Director, and Founder, Penn Center for Health Equity and Advancement; Chair of Penn Medicine’s Health Equity Alliance, Penn Medicine

Sandra Brooks, MD, MBA

Executive Vice President; Chief Community Health Equity Officer, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Vic Caraballo, MD

Vice President, Quality Management, Independence Blue Cross

Rosangely Cruz – Rojas, DrPH

Director, Performance Measurement, Improvement, & Analytics, Main Line Health

Patrick O. Gee, Sr., PhD, JLC

Patient Advisor, Founder & CEHD, iAdvocate, Inc.

Tara Hayden, MHSA

Vice President, Community Health Equity, Philadelphia Collaborative for Community Health Equity, Jefferson Health

Eve J. Higginbotham SM, MD, ML

Vice Dean, Office of Inclusion and Diversity; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics; Professor of Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine

Sumesh John

Business Intelligence Developer, Redeemer Health

Felice Le-Scherban, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health

Shonalie Roberts, MHA, ARM

System Director, Health Equity, Main Line Health

Lakisha Sturgis, RN, BSN, MPH, CPHQ

Director, Community Care Management, Temple University Health System

 

Contact

April Reilly, Director