Change Agent of the Year

The ​IHI Open School is pleased to announce 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.

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:

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.

The deadline to apply for this year's award was Monday, October 16, 2017.

Miss the deadline? All full-time students and trainees are eligible for an academic scholarship that amounts to a 50-75% discount on Forum General Conference fees. Submit an application and proof of full-time student or trainee status today!