Best Practice Strategies for Organizational Health Equity

Adapted from HSAG by IPRO QIN-QIO HQIC, Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors (NQIIC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Improvement and Innovation Group

This resource provides best practice strategies, tasks, and tools for each of the seven Health Equity Organizational Assessment (HEOA) categories.

REaL Data Collection Toolbox

Prepared by Qsource and Qlarant for the IPRO Hospital Quality Improvement Contractors (HQIC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Improvement and Innovation Group

This Learning Toolbox focuses on healthcare facilities collecting data on race, ethnicity, and language preference (REaL) as an important component of the provision of equity in the healthcare setting. It includes a quick primer on data collection, and provides links to articles, tools, and resources to educate providers on the importance of knowing the diverse patient population for which they provide care.

ZONE TOOL | COVID-19 Self-Management Zone Tool

This resource was prepared by the Health Service Advisory Group (HSAG)
and adapted by Alliant Health Solutions. It is redistributed by the IPRO
HQIC, a Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor, under contract with
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

This tool is used by healthcare providers across the continuum of care to educate and prepare patients for safe self-management of COVID-19 illness.

Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Populations with Complex Needs: Implementation Consideration

Authors: Caitlin Thomas-Henkel and Meryl Schulman, Center for Health Care Strategies

This resource examines how organizations participating in Transforming Complex Care, a multisite national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are assessing and addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for populations with complex needs. It reviews key considerations for organizations seeking to use SDOH data to improve patient care.

Included:1) selecting and implementing SDOH assessment tools 2) collecting patient level information related to SDOH; 3)creating workflows to track and address patient needs; 4)identifying community resources and tracking referrals.

HPH Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit 1.0

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit is an objective, data-driven all-hazards risk assessment that can be used by public and private organizations within the HPH Sector to inform emergency preparedness planning, risk management activities, and resource investments. The RISC Toolkit provides owners/operators in the HPH Sector with nationally recognized standards-based evaluation criteria in an easy-to-follow, guided format.

Hospital Operations Toolkit for COVID-19

U.S Department of Health and Human Services

This toolkit was designed as a single source of information for hospital emergency managers and planners preparing to manage large numbers of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some information may be applicable to other hospital personnel and non-hospital settings. The toolkit is comprised of four primary sections and covers considerations from before patients arrive at a hospital to after they are discharged and is designed for users to easily navigate to desired information.

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)Patient Safety Analysis Resource

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The NHSN application provides various options that allow NHSN users to analyze their surveillance data. The resources listed on the link above are intended to help you use the analysis tool, and interpret data analyzed from the Patient Safety Component of NHSN.

Minority Health SVI

US Department of Health and Human Services offices of Minority Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health developed the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to enhance existing resources to support the identification of racial and ethnic minority communities at greatest risk for disproportionate impact and adverse outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given evidence on common factors contributing to social vulnerability, the MH SVI could potentially be applied to other public health emergencies.

Preadmissions Planning Checklist (Spanish)

This material was prepared by American Institutes for Research (AIR). It is redistributed by IPRO HQIC, a Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SAFE HOSPITAL STAY”

This resource is a planning checklist for Spanish speaking patients to use prior to admission to the hospital, while admitted, and before they leave the hospital

Preadmissions Planning Checklist(English)


This material was prepared by American Institutes for Research (AIR). It is redistributed by IPRO HQIC, a Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SAFE HOSPITAL STAY”

This resource is a planning checklist for patients to use prior to admission to the hospital, while admitted, and before they leave the hospital