Ensuring that everyone has the same opportunity to attain their full health potential while also building an internal culture that is inclusive and welcoming is essential, but not necessarily the easiest of the tasks facing healthcare boards. Ethical board leadership means that, among other things, board leaders need to be sure that they are doing everything possible to ensure health equity and belonging.
Portia Newman, Ph.D., Associate Partner and AVP, Education and Engagement for Chartis shared how board leadership is essential to the development of health equity and belonging strategies. “Boards are increasingly expected to embody greater thoughtfulness and effectiveness in their capacity to represent the diverse array of demographics within a community. Board leadership stands as a powerful instrument. They have a responsibility to shape a strategy that fosters health equity and a sense of belonging. By comprehending the complex requisites of the community, boards can engage key stakeholders to develop an organization strategy capable of yielding transformation change for the patients they serve,” said Dr Newman.
Failure to develop a cohesive strategy that addresses both health equity and the organization’s internal culture of belonging comes with some consequences. The time to ensure that board members are prepared to govern in this new performance landscape is now. Boards will need to lead the way in establishing strategies that address the entirety of the healthcare needs of the community. They will also need to ensure that they are supporting the kind of internal culture where everyone feels that they belong. Board members need to be prepared to demonstrate leadership on these issues in an age of disruption and transformation in healthcare.
Failing to address health equity can result in poor health outcomes in the community. Ignoring internal belonging issues can increase burnout and turnover amongst a workforce that is already experiencing record high incidences of both. Many factors can influence community perceptions of healthcare organizations and being perceived as an organization that performs poorly on health equity and belonging can be damaging to an organization’s image and contribute to poor financial performance.
Boards have a critical role in health equity and belonging. They need to lead from an informed position, model the behavior they expect, provide clear expectations and direction in the development of strategy, and be able to document progress in the health of the community.
There are three critical components that boards should address when considering strategies to address health equity and belonging. Boards should have a plan to:
HealthStream can help your board and staff to understand their role in building health equity and belonging. HealthStream’s Health Equity and Belonging Education can help your organization build and sustain a culture that supports health equity and belonging with comprehensive, expert content. The content addresses a range of topics from different perspectives and includes a library of evolving content developed by nationally recognized experts on the topic.
HealthStream’s learning management system and comprehensive suite of competency management tools empower your healthcare workforce to deliver the best patient care.View All Learning & Performance
When you enact HealthStream's quality compliance solutions, you can do so with the confidence your healthcare organization will meet all standards of care.View All Quality & Compliance
Fulfill compliance requirements with a variety of programs and courseware designed to address critical regulatory requirements as well as educate staff to recognize and mitigate risks.View All Products
HealthStream offers professional training and education on how to best optimize your reimbursement process within your healthcare organization.View All Reimbursement
Learn about our advanced resuscitation training solutions. Our solutions are designed to help improve patient outcomes.View All Resuscitation
Expand the decision-making skills and effectiveness of your healthcare workforce with HealthStream's clinical development programs and services.View All Clinical Development
HealthStream’s learning management system and comprehensive suite of competency management tools empower your healthcare workforce to deliver the best patient care.View All Products
Learn more about HealthStream's provider credentialing, privileging, & enrollment solutions for healthcare organizations.View All Credentialing
Make sure your healthcare staff can schedule out appointments and work schedules with ease using HealthStream's line of software solutions.View All Scheduling