CLARKSVILLE, Md., July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As hospitals and health systems strengthen efforts to improve population health and address community benefit requirements, both public and private health care systems will be major contributors to improving Veterans’ health care and wellness, according to Ron Steptoe, co-founder and CEO of Warrior Centric Health, LLC.
The American Hospital Association – Institute for Diversity and their national partners have made ending health care disparities a top priority. Warrior Centric Health (WCH) heeded the Call to Action and endorsed the #123forEquity campaign. In partnership with the Institute, WCH provides tools and products that integrate and capture the necessary quality measures hospitals need to achieve their #123forEquity Pledge goals. This includes but is not limited to:
- Identifying quality measures to stratify by sociodemographic variables important to a community’s health.
- Identifying health care disparities specific to an organization’s community then providing tools to develop “close the gap” strategies.
- Co-developing the plan an organization will implement for cultural competency training for staff and hospital personnel.
- Facilitating dialogues and planning with boards and leadership teams regarding how to best serve communities while utilizing dynamic market data.
On June 21 at the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s 2016 National Leadership and Education Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Steptoe and Dr. Evelyn Lewis, M.D., co-founder and CMO of WCH, accepted the Institute’s Membership Award presented by Tomás León, President and CEO of the Institute.
“The Institute is engaged in a massive effort to address the issue of health equity,” said Mr. Steptoe, also a U.S. Army Veteran. “We are proud to work with the Institute in the health equity environment. Their recognition of the military and veteran communities as vulnerable populations and inclusion of them in the health care disparity discussion is paramount.”
WCH offers comprehensive Cultural Competency Awareness and Clinical Training in Veteran Population Health. WCH Training is delivered in collaboration with its technology and education partners in a manner that is highly congruent with adult learning techniques. WCH also awards Hospital Recognition by utilizing an integrated population health management model. The program focuses on the biological-psychological-social-cultural considerations of the veteran community and provider communication and interactions with the Veterans.