A partnership between the National Business Group on Health and HHS Office of Minority Health will invest $900,000 over the next two years to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.
The creation of new partnerships with business and other sectors that are impacted by these critical health iss ues is vital, and that is what we have begun today, said Garth Graham, HHS deputy assistant secretary for minority health, in a statement.
The partnerships chief goal is to foster alliances between business, medicine and public health organizations to improve the quality of healthcare for racial and ethnic minority populations, while promoting beneficiary health and employee productivity.
The average employer doesnt understand that this is a serious problem, said Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health, at a news briefing. As part of the new agreement, a disparities advisory board has been created to identify best practices for addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the workforce, and to develop a tool kit to assist employers in implementing these practices.
Funding will be provided by the Office of Minority Health, although private sponsors may offer contributions in the future to help expand the partnership, said Ron Finch, vice president of the National Business Group on Healths Center on Prevention and Health Services.