Across the nation, gaps in health are expansive, persistent and increasing—many of them caused by structural barriers and social determinants of health at all levels of our society. Health equity is achieved when everyone can attain their full potential for health and well-being. Collecting valid and reliable patient demographic data is essential for identifying where disparities exist, directing efforts and resources to address disparities as they are identified, measuring progress toward achieving greater equity, and establishing accountability for achieving progress. Without adequate data, inequities remain unseen and unaddressed.
“Serving as an advisor for the HEDS collaborative has offered a unique opportunity to locally collaborate towards the development and enhancement of data collection and stratification initiatives that could help identify and reduce health disparities. Though functioning as individual institutions, collectively, the HEDS member organizations’ goal is simple – improving health outcomes for all by focusing efforts on where the greatest opportunities exist. One of the greatest strengths of this Collaborative is the forum it creates to foster collaboration through shared learning. I look forward to collective action to support hospitals in this region to take tangible steps to improving health outcomes.”
– Shonalie Roberts, MHA, ARM, LSSGB, System Director of Health Equity at Main Line Health; HEDS Advisor