1. Disparities are an Important
National Issue and Business Need.
- With the country
growing more diverse, disparities cannot be ignored, and firms need to be seen
as addressing the needs of diverse populations.
- Working on disparities is the "right
thing to do" and addresses community commitments.
2. Enhanced Effectiveness by Collaboration.
- Efficient way to
share expertise with others.
multi-stakeholder support for standardized national data reporting requirements
related to race/ethnicity.
- Working together provides "cover"
for firms from perceived risks in collecting racial/ethnic data.
3. Knowledge Development to Support Action.
- Opportunity to learn from one another .
- Opportunity to assess firm's efforts against
others and align to emerging national practice.
- Want to
understand size and drivers of disparities.
- Want to learn
what works to reduce disparities.
- Want to understand how to collect
data on racial/ethnic disparities.
4. Participation Used to Gain Leverage for Making
Disparities Important Internally.
- Hope to use the
Collaborative to enhance high-level firm commitment to action and to prioritize
reducing disparities within the firm.
- Internal staff champion was
interested and pushed participation.
5. More "Mundane" Considerations.
- AHRQ's request
would be hard to decline.
could enhance commitment to obligations associated with nonprofit status.
reputation and further national aspirations through being part of a
collaborative with national firms.