In an effort to ensure the voice of patient and family advocates are represented in our ongoing activities, this week is the fourth in an onoging series of "PFAC Picks Friday Five” blasts chosen by the Foundation for Health Care Quality's Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC).
This week’s Friday Five focuses on health disparities among minority populations.
For more information on the Foundation's PFAC or to engage with the group, please email me at 

This Week's PFAC Picks "Friday 5":
1) From Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC – a summary of health disparities among lower income populations as well as racial and ethnic minorities:

2) From – Disparities in mental and physical health among LGBT communities:

3) From the Washington Post – The role of physician bias in under treatment of pain:

4) From the AHRQ – A summary of a 2010 study on disparities in Healthcare among minority groups:

5) From ThinkProgress – Islamophobia both causes health issues in Muslims and prevents them from seeking care:

Join us October 26th for the second installment of the WPSC Addiction and Opioid Treatment Webinar Series: “Washington State’s Opioid Response Plan & What You Can Do to Help.” This unique webinar features co-presenters with direct involvement in Washington State’s response to the opioid epidemic: Dr. Kathy Lofy of the Washington State Department of Health and Ginny Weir of the Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative. Especially relevant following the recent opioid crisis compact signed by Governor Inslee, this three-part presentation will share 1) the epidemiology of the problem, with attention to population health inequities, 2) current work underway in Washington State to align prescribing practices with evidence-based guidelines, and 3) concrete ways you can help implement the goals of these initiatives from within your networks. This will be a highly educational webinar appropriate for clinicians, prescribers, policy makers, hospital administrators, and anyone with a shared interest in contributing to opioid epidemic solutions in Washington State. Register here.


Taking Action with CANDOR

Join our Communication Resolution Program partners at the Collaborative for Improvement and Accountability on October 20-21, for an interactive training on CRPs and the CANDOR toolkit. This event is designed to maximize small group learning with hands on coaching from several leading CRP implementation experts.

The event is designed for leaders engaged in ensuring accountability for patient safety including CEOs, CMOs, CNOs, patient safety officers, quality improvement leads, medical staff, risk managers, patient and family engagement advocates, internal and external communication leads, and board of directors members. Space is limited to 120 participants. Register here.


Joint Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, Vizient, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Designation Statements:

This program is designated for 13.75 hours.

Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Vizient, Inc. is authorized to award 13.75 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward the advancement, or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Vizient, Inc. will award CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this program. The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training programs that meet certain criteria (1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU).

Kelly Veit, MHA

Program Director. Washington Patient Safety Coalition
Foundation for Healthcare Quality
705 Second Ave. Ste. 410
Seattle, WA 98104 | 206.204.7383


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