Behavioral Health - Key Activity 19


Strengthen a Culture of Equity

This activity builds off of your practice's Key Activity 11: Use a Systematic Approach to Address Inequities within the Population of Focus to provide strategies and in-depth resources that can help practices create or strengthen a culture of equity in your practice. The PHMI Equity Framework and Approach emphases that achieving long-term and sustainable improvements to health and racial equity for patients and the broader ecosystem requires a transformational shift at the organizational level.

The following strategies can help practices strengthen a culture of equity:

  • Demonstrate senior leadership’s ownership of and commitment to improving health equity.
  • Understand and address internalized, personally mediated and institutionalized racism.
    • This should include ongoing learning and development activities on the full range of health equity topics (e.g., anti-bias, structural racism, race-based algorithms).
  • Build organizational capacity to support efforts to improve health equity.
  • Establish practices and policies to promote workforce diversity and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
  • Support policy efforts to eliminate inequities driven by social drivers of health.