Change Agent of the Year

​​The ​IHI Open School is pleased to offer our annual Change Agent of the Year award, aimed at celebrating the powerful role that students play in leading change across the world, to improve health and health care.

Each year, one exemplary student or trainee will receive the award based on their demonstrated knowledge and application of improvement science, community organizing, and leadership within their IHI Open School Chapter.

The deadline to apply for this year's award is Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST.

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Award Details

The IHI Open School Change Agent of the Year award covers the cost of the General Conference fees for IHI's flagship event – the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care this December in Orlando, Florida – in addition to up to $1,000 for travel, lodging, or other Forum expenditures (including registration for Learning Labs or Quick Courses at the National Forum).

At the National Forum, we will celebrate the Change Agent of the Year through the conference and alongside Dr. Don Berwick at the annual IHI Open School Chapter Congress. After, we will share their work and achievements in the IHI Open School blog and newsletter.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student or trainee and involved as a leader in their local IHI Open School Chapter for at least one year.

How to apply:

The application includes a brief 500-word essay that describes your experience as a change agent in health care and recounts a specific project you have led through your involvement in the IHI Open School. The essay should reference how you have leveraged quality improvement and community organizing skills to catalyze members of your IHI Open School Chapter, campus, and/or community to create meaningful change.

A successful essay submission will:

    • Detail a specific project or campaign that an applicant led or contributed to, including the outcomes of that project or campaign.
    • Highlight specific quality improvement, community organizing, and leadership skills and methods that led to the project's impact.
    • Reference the impact of an applicant's experiences with IHI Open School courses, Chapter Network, project-based learning offerings, and/or in-person trainings.
    • Be no more than 500 words long.

Please note: All IHI Open School Change Agent of the Year applicants must also submit the Scholarship and Special Discount application for the IHI National Forum, and share proof of full-time student or trainee status. On this form, please indicate that you are applying for an academic scholarship (All full-time students and trainees are eligible for an academic scholarship that amounts to a 75% discount on Forum General Conference fees if they do not win the IHI Open School Change Agent of the Year award.)

All interested candidates must complete the general application and essay, the online Scholarship and Special Discount Application, and submit proof of your full-time student status to no later than Monday, October 15, 2018.

2017 Change Agent of the Year

Congratulations to this year's winner, Sherry Liang! Sherry is a a medical student and Co-President for the Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University (PSU/OHSU) IHI Open School Chapter.

The Open School is please to recognize Sherry for her exemplary leadership of an IHI Open School Chapter and her dedication to inspiring her classmates to embrace quality improvement throughout their careers in health care.

Read her winning essay on the IHI Open School Blog and learn how one moment changed her trajectory as a medical student below:

Unable to view the video? Read the transcript.​