State hospitals pledge to combat racism and health inequity

The state's largest hospital association, which includes Kalamazoo's two hospitals, is taking steps to address the effects of racism in healthcare.

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) last week issued a challenge to its member organizations: Address disparities, dismantle institutional racism, and achieve health equity. It’s a tall order, especially as COVID-19 disproportionately impacts minority groups.

Kalamazoo’s Bronson Methodist Hospital and Ascension Borgess Hospital are both members of MHA, which is a lobbying and advocacy group representing community hospitals in the state.

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MHA aims to reverse racist policies in member hospitals by increasing diversity in leadership positions, partnering with community groups, and making a frank assessment of healthcare policies.

The pledge was released November 19. The group is working to get member hospitals to sign on to the plan.

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