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About this IHI Virtual Expedition

​​​​​​​​​​As significant health inequities persist across the US, health care systems have an important role to play in achieving health equity.

While health care organizations alone do not have the power to improve the multiple determinants of health for all of society, they do have the power to address disparities directly at the point of care, and to take a variety of actions that impact health of communities beyond the point of care.

Providing health care professionals with a framework on how to reduce these health disparities is this IHI Virtual Expedition: Achieving Health Equity, beginning October 10, 2017. In six sessions, this virtual, team-based training will help participants identify whether structures are in place that support equity work, prioritize a strategic plan, and collect, stratify, and analyze data with an equity lens.

Attend and become part of the movement by:

  • Applying practical improvement methods and tools
  • Spreading ideas in peer-to-peer learning
  • Disseminating results and lessons to support an ongoing national dialogue and action for improving health equity

    What You'll Learn

    At the end of the Expedition each participant will be able to:

  •  Build will to advance equity throughout their organization
  •  Assess the current state of the health system related to advancing equity
  • Develop health equity goals in the unique context of their organization
  • Utilize data and improvement methods in developing strategies to advance equity
  • Make a business case for health equity
This IHI Virtual Expedition is approved for a maximum of 6 continuing education credits for physicians and nurses.


Session 1: A Framework for Health Systems to Advance Equity
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Session 2: How Will We Know We’re Improving Equity? All About Data  
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Session 3: Partnering with the Community to Advance Equity 
Date: Tuesday, November ​7, 2017, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Session 4: Addressing Structural and Institutional Racism
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Session 5: Impacting Equity Through Multiple Levers
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Session 6: Bringing It All Together: Case Studies and Lessons Learned
Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017​, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET

Learn more about course Materials and Technology.​​


amyreid.jpg Amy Reid, MPH, Director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), leads the Institute’s efforts to advance health equity. Ms. Reid’s health equity leadership encompasses strategy development; initiative design, implementation, and evaluation; teaching and coaching. This includes directing IHI’s Pursuing Equity Initiative to narrow equity gaps and understand how health care can leverage its resources to advance equity. In addition, Ms. Reid serves on IHI’s Results and Evaluation team, where she sets priorities for learning and evaluation, implements a theory-driven formative evaluation approach in health care and community health programs, and speaks internationally on evaluation. She is trained as an improvement coach and on facilitation of racial justice conversations. Before joining IHI, Ms. Reid supported quality improvement programs at the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (NC AHEC) and at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health where she conducted a qualitative evaluation of a maternal and child health quality improvement program in Ghana. She has published peer reviewed articles and blog posts on topics including formative evaluation, community engagement in quality improvement, health equity, and scale up. Amy received an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in Biology from Davidson College.

laurabotwinick.jpgLaura Botwinick, MS, is Director of the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy at the University of Chicago, where she is also an adjunct instructor. A former IHI Fellow, Ms. Botwinick worked at The Joint Commission for over 20 years, most recently serving as Vice President for Innovation and New Product Development at Joint Commission Resources/Joint Commission International and as Co-Director of the Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety. Before that, she was Director of Board and Committee Activities at The Joint Commission. Ms. Botwinick served as a Mentor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Innovation Advisors Program, coaching several teams working on Triple Aim improvement projects. She holds a degree in Management of Public Services from DePaul University in Chicago, a BA from Hampshire College, and is a Certified Improvement Advisor. She is a co-author of the IHI white paper, Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations.