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Massachusetts General Hospital/Disparities Solutions Center: Disparities Leadership Program

Posted: September 24, 2017

The Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) is a 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.

The DLP aims 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 Disparities Solution Center (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 eleven cohorts that include a total of 378 participants from 172 organizations (89 hospitals, 41 health plans, 20 community health organizations, 5 professional organizations, 2 hospital trade organizations, 1 school of medicine, 2 dental benefits administrators, 1 federal government agency, 1 state government agency, 1 city government agency, and 9 others) representing 32 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada and Switzerland. 

Deadline to submit Intent to Apply (recommended but not required) is November 17, 2017.


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