The Leadership in Equity Project

The Leadership in Equity Project

Featuring MGH President, Peter Slavin, MD

Over the last ten years, the Disparities Solutions Center has had the honor and privilege of trying to advance—both locally and nationally—policy and practice to improve quality, address disparities, and achieve equity, value, and high-performance in health care. We are fortunate to have strong partners both in the city of Boston and across the nation, and have been recognized for our efforts, culminating in Massachusetts General Hospital receiving the nation’s first American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Award in 2014.

As we view the landscape and consider the future of the field and this work, there is one critical success factor that stands out among health care organizations who have committed to creating higher-quality, more equitable delivery systems, and that is leadership. There is no doubt that health care systems that have made progress in this arena have leaders who have come to understand the connection between quality, cost, safety, value, and health care disparities. In some cases, a personal story or experience has shaped the leader’s vision around this issue, and these are often powerful, inspirational, and influential.

As an Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow, Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH works to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the United States health care ecosystem, and to connect, inspire, and challenge these leaders to create new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of Americans. Health Innovator Fellows must commit to designing and launching a leadership venture that will have a meaningful impact on society. Dr. Betancourt had an idea to capture brief but powerful personal stories from health care leaders who have engaged in work to improve quality, address disparities, and achieve equity in healthcare. The goal of this video is to influence and inspire health care leaders to consider working and taking action in healthcare equity. Dr. Betancourt called this the “Leadership in Equity Project.” This video features Peter Slavin, MD, President of Massachusetts General Hospital. Funding for this project was provided by Dorothy Terrell, an Honorary Board Member of MGH, and Mr. Robert Atchinson. The video was produced by Windy Films.

Take Action

    • Is your organization collecting race/ethnicity/language data?
      Click here for The Compendium of Resources for Standardized Demographic and Language Data Collection.
      Click here for Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals.
      Click here for Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients with Limited English Proficiency: A Guide for Hospitals.
    • Are you monitoring quality by stratifying data by race/ethnicity and language?
      Click here for Improving Quality and Achieving Equity: A Guide for Hospital Leaders.
      Click here for the MGH Annual Report on Equity in Healthcare Quality.
    • Did your organization sign American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge Campaign to eliminate health care disparities?
      Click here to learn about the #123forEquity Pledge.
    • Is your leadership and board diverse?
    • Is your organization working with the community to address social determinants of health?
      Click here for Assuring Healthcare Quality: A Healthcare Equity Blueprint.
    • Are you training employees on providing culturally competent care?
      Click here to learn about Quality Interactions training resources.
    • Are you engaging the business community in these efforts?

Let us help you take action! 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 of disparities into realistic solutions you can adopt within your organization. Since its inception in 2007, the DSC has trained 12 cohorts consisting 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., Puerto Rico, Canada, and Switzerland.

Click here to learn more about the Disparities Leadership Program.