PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN – Characterization of Efforts to Study and Eliminate Health Disparities: The Florida Hospital Journey
Vision StatementOur vision is a community where every patient received equitable and high-quality care.
Team ObjectivesThe main objective of our project was to perform an assessment of current and past efforts by our organization to characterize and mitigate health disparities, including efforts related to formal evaluations of the specific healthcare needs of the communities that we serve. Our ultimate goal was to use our participation in NI V to learn where our institution was in our journey to eliminate disparities, with the intent of identifying and increasing awareness around challenges and opportunities related to this effort.
Success FactorsThe most successful part of our work was increased awareness at our institution about the importance of developing a plan to study health disparities in the communities that we serve that is aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities.
BarriersThe largest barriers we encountered were limited engagement and support when working on areas related to studying and addressing health disparities, time constraints and competing demands, and lack of knowledge related to factors that influence and determine health disparities.
Lessons LearnedThe single most important piece of advice to provide another team embarking on a similar initiative is the need for strong support and commitment from clinical and nonclinical leaders and key stakeholders in your organization to be successful.