IHI Leadership for Health Equity Professional Development Program

Leadership for Health Equity Professional Development Program

Fall 2024
12 Weeks

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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 these leaders be effective as they work to create and sustain system-wide improvement in health equity across 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 a 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, an emphasis on healing and liberation, and centering patients, community, and “who” we are doing this work for in the program’s approach. This program will help your organization create and refine systems that achieve new and emerging standards around health equity, such as that of the Joint Commission.

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 done by health equity leaders nationwide. 

Continuing Education


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​JointAccreditationLogo.jpgIn support of improving patient care, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Continuing education credits for this program are still being finalized and will be updated shortly.


As a result of this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Create an effective evaluation strategy to monitor progress towards 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 


To be eligible for a continuing education certificate, attendees must complete the online evaluation within 30 days of the continuing education activity. After this period, you will be unable to receive a certificate. 

Continuing education credits will not be awarded for non-educational activities, including (but not limited to) meals, breaks, and receptions.​

Fees & Scholarships

IHI may, in its discretion, cancel, postpone, or otherwise modify this event at any time, with or without notice. If IHI does so and as a result, a registrant is unable to participate in the event, IHI will refund the registration fee. The registrant, however, will remain responsible for other costs (such as travel and lodging) the registrant incurs in connection with the event, and IHI will not refund the registrant, nor otherwise be responsible for, such costs. Registrants should proceed accordingly and consider travel/lodging cancellation policies — as well as purchasing travel insurance — when incurring such costs. IHI asks registrants to take into consideration the currently evolving situation and advisories related to Coronavirus before incurring travel, lodging, and other costs related to this event.


IHI is pleased to offer a limited number of 15%, 25%, and 50% scholarships to assist with program registration costs for those working in: 

  •  Independent, United States Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that are not affiliated with a hospital or health system 
  • Critical Access Hospitals 
  • Independent practices with fewer than 20 physicians 
  • Hospitals with fewer than 50 beds 
  • Members of America's Essential Hospitals 
  • 501(c)(3) organization with a defined operating budget of less than $5 million, serving community-based populations 
  • Ministries of Health 
  • Faith-based health institutions  
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities

All Scholarships are reviewed on an individual basis. If multiple individuals from the same organization wish to apply for a scholarship, each individual must submit an application. Group discounts are also available, see information above.

To ensure equal distribution of funds, all scholarship applications are reviewed using the same scoring criteria. All awarded amounts are final.

Please note, scholarships are available for program registration costs only, and do not cover travel, food, or accommodation costs associated with attending a program. 

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