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In collaboration with our members, community-based organizations and other institutions and leaders, THA is committed to intentionally closing economic, racial and heath gaps in every Texas community. THA believes that closing these gaps will enable every individual to achieve optimal health through the delivery of equitable health services. THA continues to take a strong, unwavering stance against any form of racism, bias, and all forms of discrimination.

“THA and Texas hospitals are committed to advancing the agenda of diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Diversity and inclusivity are demonstrations of a commitment to social justice and to the betterment of everyone in our communities. We value differences, welcome all different individuals into our community of service, and work tirelessly to provide each individual the opportunity to attain their full potential.”

Sally Deitch
Chair, THA Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Executive Vice President, Nursing & Operations Infrastructure, Ascension

Texas Hospitals Magazine Features


Texas Hospitals’ Progress Toward Health Equity
How Texas hospitals are continuing to prioritize and promote diversity, equity and inclusion among health care workers and patients. READ MORE


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Training Tomorrow’s Doctor’s with a Focus on Health Equity
As medical education evolves to meet today’s health care demands, medical schools in Texas are contending with the challenge of prioritizing health equity in graduate medical education and residency programs. READ MORE



Bridging the Language Divide in Texas Hospitals
Texas hospitals place interpretation services front and center when making health care accessible for non-English-speaking patients. READ MORE


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Faith and Community Health
Texas hospitals work with faith-based organizations to improve the health of their communities. READ MORE

Member Hospital Spotlights

Memorial Hermann

Memorial Hermann is recognized for its ongoing commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

Memorial Hermann has been recognized by Vizient as a top performer for Supplier Diversity Excellence. This designation recognizes community hospital members that best champion inclusion in its supply chain, accelerating economic growth in its communities by choosing to work with minority, women and veteran-owned businesses.

In addition, Memorial Hermann received the inaugural Sheri L. Parrack Diversity Excellence Award from the Federation of Houston Professional Women in September 2021. The award recognizes Memorial Hermann’s robust commitments to promote equity, diversity and inclusion along with its ongoing work to create a more inclusive environment for its workforce and community.

Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation has been recognized by many different groups and associations for its innovative commitments to address the issue of healthcare access for the underserved and uninsured.

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UT Southwestern

UT Southwestern ranked among 20 Best Employers for Diversity, top health care institution

UT Southwestern is committed to offering opportunity as well as innovative support that allows employees across our enterprise to perform at their best and grow their careers. It is the only health care institution listed among the top 20 employers nationally.

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Legislative Efforts

Health Care Coverage Expansion

The Texas Hospital Association and its member hospitals are committed to increasing access to comprehensive health care coverage for every Texan who needs it. Health care coverage will help Texans maintain and ultimately improve their baseline health, ensure a productive workforce and reduce health care costs.

Following over a year of devastating loss and illness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas hospitals strongly supported efforts to increase the number of Texans with comprehensive health care coverage. During the 2021 Legislative Session, THA launched a targeted grassroots and digital advocacy campaign to educate state lawmakers and the public on the need for coverage expansion.

While full coverage expansion did not come to fruition during session, Texas ultimately moved to improve coverage for postpartum moms, children and prescription drugs.

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Additional Resources

Diversity and Inclusion in Leadership Governance Toolkit

AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity
This toolkit focuses on developing diversity and inclusion leadership strategies at the board level. It also encourages significant governance changes throughout health care organizations. LEARN MORE

Equity of Care: Best Practices for Building Leadership Diversity Programs

AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity
This worksheet looks at best practices for building leadership diversity programs through various case studies. LEARN MORE

Podcasts on Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

AHA Trustee Services.
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