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Health Equity

Maryland hospitals aim to create environments that prioritize culturally competent and patient-centered care.

Our Commitment to Health Equity

Inequities in access to health care, as well as in the quality and outcomes of care, are detrimental to the health of our whole community. As hospitals work to address social needs of individual patients and challenges in their communities, it is evident that better access to housing, food, and transportation is crucial to improving people’s health.

Guided by a steadfast dedication to inclusive and accessible care, Maryland hospitals are dismantling systemic barriers that disproportionately affect marginalized communities. Through ongoing initiatives, collaborative partnerships, and a focus on social determinants of health, Maryland hospitals strive to ensure that every person has equitable access to high-quality health care.

The Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) supports our members’ work to advance health equity and combat disparities. MHA convenes the member-led Health Equity Advisory Committee (HEAC) to address social determinants of health and strengthen diversity and inclusion in the hospital and health system workforce.

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Health Equity Advisory Committee

The Committee focuses on improving workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and increasing health equity for all Marylanders. The Committee supports fieldwide efforts to build cultural competency to deliver excellent patient care and address clinical inequalities contributing to outcome differences. Members aim to understand and improve social determinants of health, hospital culture, communication with marginalized communities, and health policy.

  • August 8, 2024 | 10 a.m. – Noon
  • November 7, 2024 | 9 a.m. – Noon
  • December 12, 2024 | 10 a.m. – Noon

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Building Toward Health Equity: A Report on Maryland Hospitals’ Progress

MHA’s report showcases our collective efforts to achieve health equity.

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