TAMPA, Fla. – Combating health care disparities is an ongoing goal at Moffitt Cancer Center, and the American Hospital Association recognized that on July 27 at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations honored Moffitt’s efforts to improve health care equality and promote diversity and inclusion.

“Moffitt continually works to decrease health care disparities and ensure that all patients, regardless of their background, have access to the cutting-edge research and care we provide here at the cancer center,” said Cathy Grant, senior director of Moffitt Diversity. “To be recognized for those efforts means we are on the right path in not only reducing disparities, but improving our services to combat them.”

Moffitt was recognized for its Disparities Dashboard that utilizes hospital clinical metrics stratified by race, ethnicity, gender and language preference to identify, monitor and address disparities in patient care outcomes. The data are used to inform patient satisfaction and advance directives areas. The Moffitt Program for Outreach Wellness Education and Resources (M-POWER) reaches over 6,000 people in the Tampa Bay area annually with education and cancer prevention screenings. M-POWER has provided 161 health education workshops to the community, connected 542 uninsured women to mammography services and facilitated access to comprehensive health screenings for 432 uninsured or underinsured men, including prostate and skin cancer screenings.

“This recognition continues a pattern of awards and honors that the cancer center has received for this important work over the past several years. We are very proud to be recognized nationally and locally for these important initiatives and efforts,” said B. Lee Green, vice president for Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications. 

Moffitt is among a list of honorees that includes Cone Health in Greensboro, N.C., Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, Ill. The honorees will be recognized at the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s biennial leadership and education conference in Chicago, and given an opportunity to lead a future webinar.

Kaiser Permanente of Oakland, Calif., took home the 2017 AHA Equity of Care Award.

The AHA Equity of Care Award is given annually to recognize outstanding efforts among hospitals and care systems to advance equity of care to all patients and to spread lessons learned and progress toward achieving health equity. The applications from around the country showcased measurable improvement in the performance of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the hospital, health system, or community and provided clear models for the field. The applications were sent to all hospitals and health systems that have signed the AHA’s #123forEquity pledge and to all who participated in the 2015 Diversity and Disparities Survey.

About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

About Moffitt Cancer Center Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 48 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube