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Addressing Inequities in Healthcare

CaroMont Health is dedicated to identifying and reducing healthcare disparities in our community. Each year, aggregate data is reviewed to identify disparities in race, ethnicity, spoken language, gender, insurance coverage, location and other factors that may affect access, utilization, diagnoses and treatment. While recognizing and correcting health disparities is a complex process, CaroMont Health is dedicated to ensuring all patients receive equitable access to care and services. 

In 2023, the health system improved colorectal screenings in Medicaid beneficiaries by more than 11%, closing the gap in utilization when compared to commercially insured individuals.  In 2024, the community health disparity project will focus on education and information within the African American community to support early identification of stroke and drive down the time from symptom onset to arrival at the hospital. This will help ensure that patients who may benefit from the administration of thrombolytics (a clot-busting medication) receive care within the specified timeframe (3 to 4.5 hours), supporting improved outcomes in this critical population.