Disparities Solutions Center Accepting Applications for Disparities Leadership Program

Author Details

Aswita Tan-McGrory

Deputy Director
Organization: The Disparities Solutions Center at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital

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The Disparities Solutions Center is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) until February 13, 2015. We welcome applicants from across the country, especially from California.

The DLP is our year-long, hands-on executive education program focused exclusively on helping health care leaders achieve equity in quality. The program is designed to help you translate the latest understanding of the problem of disparities into realistic solutions you can adopt within your organization.

Through the DLP, we aim to create leaders prepared to meet the challenges of health care transformation by improving quality for at-risk populations who experience disparities. The program has three main goals:

  • To arm health care leaders with a rich understanding of the causes of disparities and the vision to implement solutions and transform their organization deliver high-value health care. Solutions are specifically focused on identifying disparities impacting the quality and value of care within high-cost, high-risk areas such as preventing readmissions and avoidable hospitalizations; improving patient safety and experience; and excelling in population health. 
  • To help leaders create strategic plans or projects to advance their work in reducing disparities in a customized way, with practical benefits tailored to every organization.
  • To align the goals of health equity with health care reform and value-based purchasing. We support the organizational changes necessary to respond to national movements including health care reform, value-based purchasing, as well as exceeding quality standards (such as the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards) and meeting regulations (such as those from the Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the National Quality Forum).

You can visit our website for more information on the DLP. We also conducted an evaluation of the DLP and developed three informative case studies, which are also available online. A list of previous DLP participating organizations is also available. If you are interested, please submit your application by February 13th.