Diversity & Community Health

 

In the New York metropolitan region—where 180 languages are spoken and racial and ethnic diversity continues to grow—the changing needs of patients and longstanding racial and ethnic health disparities present enormous challenges for health care providers. GNYHA has established programs to help members attract and retain a diverse pool of health care executives and trustees, and in turn better serve a diverse patient population.


Breastfeeding

Federal, State, and local public health officials are all prioritizing efforts to increase the rates of exclusive breastfeeding. GNYHA

provides information on this public health priority.

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Colon Health / Colonoscopy Screenings

Resources from the "Increasing Colonoscopy Screenings," an initiative by the New York City Department of Health and Mental

Hygiene. 

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Community Health Forum

GNYHA’s Community Health Forum brings together member hospitals to discuss policy issues and share best practices. 

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Community Health Needs Assessment

The Affordable Care Act requires hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments every three years and

to develop implementation plans to address identified needs. New York State has similar Community Service Plan requirements. GNYHA keeps members apprised of updated requirements and provides technical assistance.

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IRS Schedule H and Community Benefit Reporting

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has strict requirements for reporting hospital community benefit activities on IRS Form 990

Schedule H.

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Obesity

GNYHA provides information and resources to assist in member hospitals efforts to combat obesity in the community, including

GNYHA’s Obesity Toolkit for hospitals.

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Organ Donation

GNYHA advocates for policies and procedures that encourage organ donation and ensure that donated organs are fairly

allocated around the country, including the New York area.

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Prevention Agenda and NYS Hospital Community Service Plans

GNYHA keeps members apprised of NYS Prevention Agenda for the Healthiest State, activities and updates, hospital Community

Service Plan (CSP) requirements, and provides technical assistance and resources, including the GNYHA Prevention Agenda Toolkit for hospitals.

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Surrogate Decision-Making, Advance Directives and Consent to Treatment

Empowering patients and their loved ones to make decisions about care and interventions can help improve patient

satisfaction and care experience. GNYHA has a number of resources that describe legal and regulatory requirements on surrogate decision-making, advance directives, and consent to treatment.

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Tobacco Cessation and Smoke-Free Hospital Campuses

GNYHA provides resources to assist members in their efforts to promote tobacco cessation in their communities, among

patients, and among hospital staff. Resources are also provided to implement a smoke-free hospital campus. 

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Cultural Competency

GNYHA members serve a vast array of patients and with different cultural norms and expectations. GNYHA

supports members by providing resources and best practices to assist in serving an increasingly diverse patient population and in the provision of culturally competent care.

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Blind and Visually-Impaired

GNYHA provides best practice resources and best practices to assist members to serve the deaf and hard of hearing as well as

blind and visually-impaired patients.

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GNYHA Summer Enrichment Program

For more than 15 years, GNYHA has devoted significant resources to develop internship programs for both undergraduate

and graduate students pursuing careers in health services administration. The cornerstone of these educational efforts is GNYHA's Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), a paid internship opportunity for students pursuing degrees in health care management. The three-month program, which is highly competitive and receives applications from students at colleges and universities around the nation, provides underrepresented minority students with experiences in health care administration. SEP internship students are matched with participating GNYHA member facilities and on-site preceptors who ensure that students have the opportunity to learn about the major issues, skills, and responsibilities involved in day-to-day management of health care facilities. The SEP is designed to promote racial and ethnic diversity in health care management.

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Health Disparities

GNYHA provides resources designed to assist GNYHA members in their efforts to address health disparities.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health

GNYHA provides best practice resources and best practices to assist members to serve the LGBT patient population.

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Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

There are over 180 languages spoken in communities served by GNYHA members. GNYHA provides resources, including best

practices, to assist it members to meet the needs of the LEP patient population.

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