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Research Institute

The Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness (the Center) conducts, supports, and participates in innovative research to promote health equity and improve quality. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations use patient and community population data to monitor differences in healthcare quality, processes and outcomes to implement evidence-based healthcare practices.

Annual Fall Conferences

Part of the Center’s goal is to enhance knowledge, dissemination, and implementation of best practices key to eliminating health and healthcare disparities. Since 2007, the Center has held an annual fall conference on a topic relevant to health disparities and health equity, bringing community stakeholders together to share best practices in research and community interventions to eliminate health disparities and promote equity, locally. Our most recent conference, on October 8, 2015, focused on disparities in infant mortality.

Progress Reports & Health Equity Reports

Starting in 2007, the Center published annual progress reports focusing on health disparities at the local and state levels. In 2012 and 2013, we produced Health Equity reports, demonstrating how hospital data, including patient quality metrics, 30-day readmissions, and patient experience, could be viewed through a health equity lens. These reports also provide descriptions of the hospitals’ patients by socio-demographic characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, preferred language, and primary payer.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted every three years for Adventist HealthCare’s five acute and specialty care hospitals. Utilizing both hospital and community data, and taking into account input from community members, the CHNAs identify and prioritize the needs of the communities served by each hospital. The assessment findings are then used to inform the strategic planning and implementation of targeted community-based programming.

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Cultural Competence

As the diversity of our community continues to change, providing health care that is culturally sensitive goes to the heart of our mission as an organization.