Atrium Health Earns Health Equity Honor

08.22.2019 Atrium Health News | Diversity & Inclusion

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently named Atrium Health an honoree for the 2019 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award. The tribute recognizes hospitals and health systems for their efforts to reduce healthcare inequities and advance diversity and inclusion.

“It is a tremendous honor for Atrium Health to be recognized by the American Hospital Association for the second consecutive year as an Equity of Care Award honoree,” said Alisahah Cole, MD, chief community impact officer for Atrium Health. “We are committed to addressing socioeconomic factors and health behaviors in our communities that greatly impact a patient’s health.”

Atrium Health was noted for our "Demographic Data Wall," an analytics platform that identifies inequities by race, ethnicity, gender and location. Also mentioned was our formal community health strategy that includes community leaders across Atrium Health's multi-sector service regions, focused on pediatric and adult obesity, mental health prevention and treatment, tobacco prevention and cessation, access to care and social and economic impact.

“Atrium Health’s mission is to elevate hope, improve health and advance healing – for all,” said Kinneil Coltman, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Atrium Health. “We work hard to eliminate health disparities for our patients and communities and integrate diversity and inclusion into all aspects of our operations.”

Read the full press release here.