The ACR has successfully convened The Radiology Health Equity Coalition. The Coalition is focused on developing, identifying and communicating concrete steps that individual radiologic professionals, practices and healthcare institutions can take to advance healthcare equity in radiology and beyond.
These efforts will include collecting, assessing and disseminating resources and best practices, connecting with and advocating for patients and community members, and collaborating on programs and services to improve access and utilization of preventative and diagnostic imaging.
The eight founding members of the Radiology Health Equity Coalition comprise the Mobilization Team: American Board of Radiology, American College of Radiology®, Association of University Radiologists, Radiological Society of North America, Radiology Section Council of the American Medical Association, Section on Radiology and Radiation Oncology for the National Medical Association, Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments and Society of Interventional Radiology. Other specialty and state radiology organizations are joining the initiative.
We are proud to report that after thorough review and recommendation by the ASNR Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the ASNR Board of Directors unanimously voted to join the Coalition. Thus making the ASNR the first specialty society to sign on as a Coalition Partner!
“We believe embracing diversity and inclusion to be in the best interests of our patients, our specialty, our Society (ASNR), and ourselves, and we also expect that embracing diversity and inclusion will enhance our collective ability to achieve quality and excellence. Patient-centered care achieved through health equity is good for patients and providers alike. We are proud to be partners in the Health Equity Coalition.”
– AJNR September 30, 2021, Editorial: “The American Society of Neuroradiology: Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Culture to Build a Stronger Organization”
Medical imaging impacts most patients during their care and radiology professionals can be unifying change agents. Radhealthequity.org offers the opportunity to publicly make a “Commitment to Act” to promote health equity. This action signals to patients, communities and colleagues that the radiologist or facility is committed to improving health outcomes for the underserved.
The coalition is seeking input from the radiology community and other medical groups as it establishes goals, focuses on best practices for health equity initiatives, and identifies opportunities for volunteer member engagement in health-equity-related work in their communities.
This coalition is vital to addressing jarring diagnosis and imaging utilization statistics, including:
- Excess/potentially preventable deaths from cancer, lower respiratory disease and other illnesses in rural areas that often are nearly double that of urban areas.
- Black women are 42% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.
- U.S. Latinos are more likely to die from colorectal cancer than those in many Central and South American nations. The CRC death rate for U.S. Latinos has dropped more slowly than for whites.
- 39% of U.S. women without health insurance had a mammogram in the past two years vs. 75% of those with health insurance.
For more information, visit The Radiology Health Equity Coalition.