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IHI Leadership for Health Equity Professional Development Program

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​Program Overview  

With the rising awareness of health inequities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and increased awareness of systemic racism, many health systems have appointed chief executives to focus on equity. This program helps support these leaders to be effective as they work to create and sustain system-wide improvement in clinical equity in their health system. The program will cover the strategic roles, responsibilities, competencies, approaches, and conditions for success. As relationships and networks are critical to equity work, we aim to create community among participating leaders to share learnings with and come together around common challenges. The program will instill confidence and direction forward for these leaders, as well as the endurance, resilience, and renewal necessary as they courageously cultivate change in their systems. Expect a trauma-informed approach and an emphasis on healing and liberation, as well as centering patients, community, and “who” we are doing this work for in the program’s approach. 

Along with one in-person meeting in Boston, MA, the program will have various live, virtual calls and asynchronous opportunities for learning. Three-hour virtual calls are held every other week, with up to one hour of asynchronous learning in between. Throughout this course, all participants will be given recommended assignments to bring the concepts and tools to life and develop an actionable plan. We will feature expert faculty and regularly explore examples of work being done by health equity leaders across the country. 

Target Audience  


The target audience for this work is any executive or C-suite level leader who has responsibility for systemwide equity within a health care delivery organization. Leaders who join this program may have titles such as Chief Health Equity Officer or Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer. Consider registering for this program if you are a: 
  • Current Chief Health Equity Officer who is looking for a best practice framework for leading change 
  • Executive leader who is responsible for systemwide equity, e.g. CNOs, CMOs, CHROs 
We recommend participants who have a clear understanding of equity, racial justice, and systemic racism, which will allow the cohort to dive into these topics on a deeper level. Additional, optional resources and tools will be provided for participants who want more background or to dive even deeper into various topics. 

Program Objectives 


After attending this program, attendees will be able to:   
  • Create an effective evaluation strategy to monitor progress toward reducing inequities of marginalized communities  
  • Examine your organization’s opportunities for improvement and advocate for the conditions that will set you up for success including resources, structures, and leadership support 
  • Develop a leadership plan committed to equity and anti-racism through strategic prioritization, coalition building, and community partnerships, including those with lived experiences  
  • Apply strategies to address social determinants of health, and identify health care inequities resulting from either bias in care delivery or “standards of care” that propagate inequity, using real-world examples of best practices, approaches, and methods 
  • Create a business case and complementary communication strategy to generate buy-in for equity work and sustainability  
  • Learn what a trauma-informed approach leading to healing is and know how to apply it in your day-to-day work and institutional policies