This month marks the one-year anniversary of the strategic alliance between the American Hospital Association and UnidosUS to improve the health of communities across the nation and increase diversity in health care governance to shape the future of care. These organizations believe that a better future can be achieved by focusing on the values we share: building healthy, equitable, and resilient communities.
To celebrate this milestone, we are launching new resources focusing on our work to advance health equity and eliminate gaps for the Latino community. With leadership from the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, the resources these organizations have developed include videos and podcasts showcasing the strength and impact of collaboration between clinical and community-based organizations to ensure equitable care for all.
Videos highlight community collaboratives
Part of the work of this alliance is to present the innovative partnerships happening among hospitals from the AHA network and community-based organizations from the UnidosUS Affiliate network.
These partnerships are promotiong action and collaboration between community and health care leaders to advance health equity; they have been spotlighted through videos that showcase these relationships.
Healthy, Equitable and Resilient (H.E.R.) Communities podcast series
The H.E.R. Communities Initiative highlights how AHA member hospitals and UnidosUS Affiliates working together to respond to challenges of disparities, violence, and trauma. The podcast series explores a community’s efforts to bring together health care leaders and community leaders to address key health challenges collectively.
Three podcasts have been released in which Dr. Arturo Carrillo, Manager of Mental Health and Family Support at the Community Wellness Program at Saint Anthony Hospital, and Patrick Brosnan, Executive Director of UnidosUS Affiliate Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, speak of the issues the Chicago community is facing in mental health care access:
- In our first podcast, “Breaking Down Mental Health: Disparities in Access to Mental Health Services,” the speakers share how health care and community leaders can work together to improve health and health access in communities.
- The second episode, “Research and Policy: How Health Disparities Data Informs Change,” provides key insights on the importance of driving policy changes in Chicago through the research made on mental health care access.
- In our third episode, “How Clinical and Community Collaboratives Innovate,” we explore the value of community collaboratives and their impact on increasing access to health care. You can listen to the full episode below:
You can learn more about the AHA-UnidosUS Alliance and its work to ensure that health care evolves to better understand and address the changing needs of diverse communities here.