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Be a Part of Change at this Year's National Forum 
Every year, the National Forum refuels the tanks of leaders of change, from executives to the front line. This year, it will be a once-in-a lifetime moment. While the nation debates about health care reform, those of us who are committed to health care improvement must regain focus on what matters most – providing safe, effective patient care at a reasonable cost. There has never been a more crucial time for us to be together, share ideas, take stock, and begin making the changes the nation needs now. Don't miss it!

Latest Forum News!
  • In his 2009 National Forum keynote, Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP urges us to be responsible stewards of the Health Care Commons. Enroll for this free video
  • Read a summary of selected news items about the 2009 National Forum.
  • Join us next year! 22nd Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, December 5-8, 2010, in Orlando, Florida.
  • Download the National Forum brochure (This is a large file and may take a minute to open).
  • Join us for a Special Interest Breakfast! These sessions are free, informal, and will be held on Wednesday, December 9 from 7:00 AM to 7:45 AM.
  • New for 2009! Don't miss the opportunity to participate in a Synergy Session or Forum Excursion (see page 7 of the brochure for details). Note: enrollment deadline for Forum Excursions is November 23.
  • Wanted! Student Mentors: Are you interested in mentoring health profession students at the IHI National Forum? Please visit the Mentor site. The IHI Open School for Health Professions is hosting several activities for health professions students at the 21st Annual National Forum. Mentors will work with students and help them create linkages between knowledge for the improvement of health care and their professional training.


We are pleased to announce this year's keynote speakers:
  • Sekou Andrews, Motivational Poet and Strategic Presenter, featured on ABC, MSNBC, and at private events for then‐Presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton
  • Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, Former President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Marshall Ganz, Lecturer in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, who teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics
  • Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD, James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University





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 Session "Tracks" and Themes

Take Full Advantage of the National Forum Program
There are over 200 sessions offered at the National Forum. Sessions are organized into the following "tracks," or content areas.  Click on each "track" below to download the list of applicable sessions.   

 Thank you to the 2009 National Forum Co-Chairs

  • Polly Arango, co-founder of Family Voices, is a writer, speaker, and advocate, championing children, families, and family-centered care in national and international forums.
  • David Ford, Chief Executive Officer, CareOregon
  • Paul F. Levy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center​