CHOP Partners with Local Organizations on Accelerate Health Equity, a New Approach to Health Inequality in Philadelphia

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Accelerate Health Equity logo Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is proud to announce our participation in Accelerate Health Equity, an initiative designed to combat systemic racism and barriers to achieving health equity. With the tagline “Working Together for a Healthier Philadelphia,” AmeriHealth Caritas, CHOP, the City of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Independence Blue Cross, Jefferson Health, Main Line Health, Penn Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple Health and Trinity Mid-Atlantic are joining forces to take a new approach to health equity.

Philadelphia has consistently ranked last out of the state’s 67 counties in County Health Rankings based on data analyzing quality of life, health factors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. This collaboration brings together organizations who serve City residents in a joint commitment to combat systemic racism and barriers to achieving health equity. Accelerate Health Equity is digging deep into the data and shaping pilot programs to address health conditions and social determinants of health.

Accelerate Health Equity includes three core components:

  • Launching Pilot Programs: Individual pilot programs tied to identified areas that impact health outcomes.
  • Measuring Progress: A publicly available digital health equity dashboard based on data provides an in-depth view of 16 health equity challenge areas and will also track progress of pilot programs.
  • Collaborating to Scale: Pilot programs will be evaluated and information will be disseminated to inform health and service providers and quickly scale successful pilot programs to expand their reach and impact.

“Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is honored to be a partner in the Accelerate Health Equity initiative,” said Madeline Bell, President and CEO at CHOP. “At CHOP, we are committed to addressing the healthcare disparities that prevent children in underserved communities from having the best possible health outcomes. The missions of the Accelerate Health Equity initiative and our own Center for Health Equity are perfectly aligned because we know that to truly change health outcomes, we need to make an impact on the environment that children live in by ensuring they have access to healthy food and housing and addressing trauma and other factors that affect their health. By working together, we have a real opportunity to change the landscape of health in Philadelphia – right here, and right now.”

To learn more about CHOP’s commitment to health equity, visit the Healthier Together initiative.