The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) has teamed up with key stakeholders statewide to reduce healthcare disparities in rural Arizona hospitals, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and post-acute care facilities through the Arizona Health Equity Organizational Assessment (HEOA) Collaborative. Using the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ HEOA tool, the Arizona HEOA Collaborative will identify opportunities to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes and patient experience.
Why is this work important?
While health disparities are not a new challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated healthcare needs and widened the inequity gap among many minority groups, especially those living in rural communities. The Arizona HEOA Collaborative focuses its efforts on collecting and reviewing data within participating facilities and uncovering current health disparities. Each participating facility will develop a plan based on the assessment data. Our goal is to help participating facilities better understand the root causes of health inequities and create partnerships within the community to address inequity now and beyond the pandemic.
Any Arizona facility in a rural area may join the growing and engaging Arizona HEOA Collaborative. There is no cost to join and participation is voluntary; there is no requirement to participate for facility licensure or certification.
Facilities participating in the Arizona HEOA Collaborative will have access to an array of resources including:
- Educational events
- Facilitated learning
- Quality improvement tools
- Communication materials
- Networking opportunities
- Peer-to-peer mentoring
- Technical assistance and support
- Access to experts in organizational change, safety and quality improvement
Contact a member of the AzHHA Care Improvement team by emailing [email protected] or calling 602-445-4300.