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What is the Disparities Leadership Program?

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The Disparities Leadership Program (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 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 CLAS standards) and meeting regulations (such as those from the Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the National Quality Forum).

The DSC has the unique advantage of eleven years of experience developing, coordinating and operating the DLP, the only program of its kind in the nation. To date, the DLP has trained twelve cohorts that include a total of 416 participants from 182 organizations (96 hospitals, 44 health plans, 21 community health organizations, 5 professional organizations, 2 hospital trade organizations, 2 schools of medicine, 2 dental benefits administrators, 2 federal government agencies, 2 state government agencies, 1 city government agency, and 5 others) representing 33 states, Washington D.C., the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada and Switzerland. The DLP underwent a robust external evaluation that was extremely positive and is available upon request.

“Bringing together payers, healthcare providers and pharma provided a 360-degree view of the healthcare industry emphasizing our common goal – eliminating disparities.  The DLP was tremendously helpful and provided insight into each other’s work, fostering better understanding and collaboration.”
DLP Alumni

Please visit our DLP alumni page, for more information on past participants, including a list of our current class.



The DLP begins with an intensive, two-day training session on the East coast, followed by structured, interactive, distance learning that will allow you to develop a strategic plan or advance an ongoing project focused on quality and equity.

Strategic Planning and Technical Assistance

Throughout the year, the DSC will work with you to achieve your project goals through technical assistance, including:

  • Three interactive web-based conference calls that include a cohort within the DLP group.
  • Two interactive web seminars on additional topics, tailored to the most pressing needs of participants.
  • One-on-one phone calls with our expert faculty who can guide your plan or project forward.
  • Additional opportunities to tap the DLP network through teleconferences, web seminars and one-on-one interaction.

What will I gain from the DLP?

The Disparities Leadership Program

“The DLP is a critical capacity-building engagement that will have enduring value through the networking, resource sharing and collective voice to advance health equity.”
 –Academic Center and Health System

Addressing disparities and improving the value of health care requires leadership, vision, teamwork and an understanding of the problem and potential solutions. The DLP is designed to build your knowledge and skills in these key areas while connecting you with others leaders and organizations working toward the same goal.

As a DLP participant, you’ll gain tools you can apply immediately at your organization to improve health equity:

  • A Strong Network of Peer Leaders. Through the DLP, you’ll collaborate with other like-minded individuals dedicated to solving this problem. You’ll share strategies and walk away with valuable lessons learned. DLP alumni report that their peer network helps them access resources and reaffirm their path forward – long after they complete our program.
  • Strategies for Organizational Change. Our program will help you articulate the ways in which equity is linked to the bigger picture of value and health care reform. You’ll leave better able to make the case for change and garner the support of key stakeholders within your organization. The majority of our alumni report that the program gave them a new vision of their role as a health care leader able to foster meaningful change.
  • A Clear Path Forward. Through the DLP, you’ll identify techniques and strategies that can be immediately deployed to address disparities within your organization. By tackling real-world situations through DLP projects, you’ll leave with concrete steps and a plan of action.
  • Critical Support.Through your project work and your DLP peer network, you will receive practical support and feedback that will help you to build and refine strategies long after your DLP year is over.

What is the time commitment? 

DLP participants are asked to attend two 2-day in person meetings. One is the East Coast Meeting in May in Boston, MA, and the other one is the West Coast Meeting in February in Santa Monica, CA. Throughout the year, there are three collaborative group calls that are between 90 minutes and one hour long depending on group sizes. Additionally, each group participates in three 30-minute technical assistance calls with its facilitator over the course of the year-long program.

Can my organization afford the DLP?

At $9,500 per person per organization, the DLP is a smart investment to ensure your organization is ready for the changes ahead. This fee, due on May 3rd, 2019 after your acceptance to the program, covers all program activities including the face-to-face training sessions, webinars, technical assistance calls, program materials, as well as lodging and meals (participants are responsible for ground or air travel to the venues).

Scholarships: Partial scholarships may be available for individuals and teams from public hospitals, Medicaid health plans, and community health centers. Other organizations may be considered, but are given lower priority. If you require tuition assistance, please include a separate letter of request on your organization’s letterhead with your completed application. Please include the specific amount of tuition assistance requested for your organization, and explain your need for financial assistance.

For more information, contact:

Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH
Deputy Director of The Disparities Solutions Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1600
Boston, MA 02114
Email:  atanmcgrory@partners.org
Phone: (617) 643-2916