The Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity – SHC – partners with clinical teams and community leaders nationwide to promote health equity through engagement, education, and quality improvement activities.

Support for clinical teams, in stand-alone clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, health systems, and residency training programs comes in the form of free, on-line toolkits with guides to quality improvement and educational resources.  In addition, SHC partners with clinics to provide additional support.

SHC trains and supports trusted voices in communities of color, including Church Pastors and health ministers, barbers and hair stylists, and community pharmacists.

Any one with a passion to promote health equity can become an SHC health champion, accessing a large number of communication resources as well as weekly newsletters.

Our work to date focuses on flu and COVID vaccination, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, cancer screenings, and clinical research.

To learn more about our work and join us contact us at shc@nmqf.org.

Major Initiatives

SHC and Influenza Vaccine Equity

Flu vaccination, generally, and especially among blacks and Hispanic and other non-white populations, is far below recommended levels, putting vulnerable populations at needless risk of illness, disability, and death.

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SHC and Diabetes

Diabetes is a large and growing public health emergency, especially among people of color and the poor who face serious co-morbidities such as heart and kidney disease, limited access and/or connection to primary care, poor adherence, and as a result, repeated episodes of costly hospitalization. NMQF’s Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC) works with partners to address the needs of this population and achieve the triple aim of good care, outcomes, and controlled costs.

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SHC and Cardiovascular Disease

(Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure)

CVD remains the number cause of death of Americans disproportionately impacting many racial and ethnic groups that have higher rates of CVD and the associated risk factors. Racial and ethnic minority populations face more barriers to diagnosis and care, receive lower-quality treatment, and experience worse health outcomes than their white counterparts. Building off of the SHC-QIE model, SHC is fully engaged in multiple partnerships aimed at addressing these disparities in CVD which are often linked to a number of complex factors such as income and education, physiological factors, access to treatment, and communication barriers. Current SHC CVD initiatives include:

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Cancer Working Group

Among diverse groups and medically underserved populations, cancer is diagnosed at a later stage and treatment outcomes are worse than average. The ability of any individual stakeholder group to change the system or even sustainably affect cancer care at any one point along the continuum is remote. The sustainable impact will require engaging patients, caregivers, providers, industry, and communities, as has been shown in pilot and programs are driven by experts across the US.

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