Promoting Health Equity 

In honor of National Minority Health Month, this issue of QIO News looks at how QIN-QIOs are working to improve health outcomes among minority populations and other vulnerable communities.

The director of the Program Alignment and Partner Engagement group at CMS’ Office of Minority Health shares with QIO News how the office is leveraging partnerships to reduce health disparities in vulnerable populations. 
New data from the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center shows that lower extremity amputation rates continue to rise, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities. These tips can help promote healthier feet and reduce amputations. 
In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a $20 million award to 11 community health organizations to provide technical support and education about the Quality Payment Program to small physician practices. 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) leaders share their thoughts on the impact of health disparities in the Medicare community, as well as ways that CMS and the QIO Program are working to achieve health equity. 
Native Americans are at an increased risk for diabetes. HSAG — the QIN-QIO serving Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands — recently launched its first diabetes self-management education (DSME) training classes in Northern California to help spread best practices for diabetes care among the area’s Native American population. 
The forum on April 20 will bring together health care community stakeholders to discuss high priority areas for addressing emerging health and health care delivery issues and priorities. 
Providers and other health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Tuesday, May 2 for its next National Learning & Action Network virtual training entitled,​“Immunization: Everyone’s Responsibility.” 
Did You Know? 
CMS quality improvement leaders Dennis Wagner and Jeneen Iwugo are now on LinkedIn. Connect with them to stay up-to-date on the latest CMS initiatives and to expand your professional network.