How Lab Design Can Affect Safety and Productivity

Ensuring safety in a laboratory environment should be a top priority. With so many moving parts to a laboratory’s daily function, important health and safety components can sometimes go overlooked. That can lead to significant threats to both laboratory employees and visitors.   “There’s a lot at stake,” says Janet Baum, Co-Program Director of Harvard T.H. … Continue reading “How Lab Design Can Affect Safety and Productivity”

A Blueprint for Health Care Leaders to Implement Quality Improvement Efforts

Women are dying in childbirth. Medication compliance is low among some populations. Hospital-acquired infections are on the rise in surgical units. People have long wait times to be seen in emergency departments. This is just a sampling of the myriad of challenges facing health systems today. Health care leaders and providers who are well-versed on … Continue reading “A Blueprint for Health Care Leaders to Implement Quality Improvement Efforts”

Strategies to Improve Black Maternal Health Outcomes and Advance Health Equity

The statistics around Black maternal health in the United States remain unsettling. In the U.S., Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Black women are also two times more likely to experience severe maternal morbidity and 1.5 times more likely to have a preterm delivery, … Continue reading “Strategies to Improve Black Maternal Health Outcomes and Advance Health Equity”

Emerging Women Health Care Executives Require Juggling as a Key Competency

For women and those who identify as women in health care, being promoted to a first-time leadership position can be fraught with challenges. Statistically, women don’t put themselves forward and apply for management positions as often as men, and therefore, they continue to be underrepresented in leadership circles (even more so for women of color). … Continue reading “Emerging Women Health Care Executives Require Juggling as a Key Competency”

Tackling Imposter Syndrome as a Woman Pursuing Board Directorship in Health Care

If you’re a woman interested in serving on a corporate or non-profit board, are you worried that, despite your extensive experience, you aren’t really “good enough” to handle the position? If so, you aren’t alone. Many people—both men and women—suffer from imposter syndrome, a form of self-doubt that makes you question your worth or ability, … Continue reading “Tackling Imposter Syndrome as a Woman Pursuing Board Directorship in Health Care”

Women on Boards: Q&A on Turning Your Board Seat Ambitions into Reality

If you’re a woman interested in pursuing a board of directors position—whether at a corporate board table or with a nonprofit organization—you’ll need to put in the necessary time, work, and persistence to find and secure the right fit, according to Ellen Zane, MA, CEO Emeritus at Tufts Medical Center, and Laurie Pascal, MBA, MPH, … Continue reading “Women on Boards: Q&A on Turning Your Board Seat Ambitions into Reality”

Ever Consider Joining a Board? — New HBR Podcast

On November 27, 2023, the Harvard Business Review Women at Work podcast hosted a roster of successful board members—including Harvard Chan faculty member Ellen Zane—to discuss how they attained board seats and advanced from there.  In the episode titled Ever Consider Joining a Board?, Ellen Zane talks about the importance of boards in providing organizational … Continue reading “Ever Consider Joining a Board? — New HBR Podcast”

Reinvigorate Your Health Care System: Build Meta-Leadership into Your Practices and Thinking

As the pandemic recedes, proactive health care leaders see a moment of opportunity. The past three years presented a host of unprecedented challenges. Now is the time to re-position their people, their system, and their leadership. How can you emerge from these three years into a renewed posture of leadership strength? “The pandemic response tested … Continue reading “Reinvigorate Your Health Care System: Build Meta-Leadership into Your Practices and Thinking”

Women on Boards: The Value of Strengthening ESG Expertise

Women who want to secure a seat on a public or private board today can increase their value by being up on the latest best practices for environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics, according to Ellen Zane, past president and chief executive officer of Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children’s Hospital and co-program director of … Continue reading “Women on Boards: The Value of Strengthening ESG Expertise”

The Financial Pressures That Chairs of Clinical Departments Face—and How to Manage Them

Financial Challenges and Strategic Solutions for Healthcare Leaders Chairs of major clinical departments have always faced budgetary pressures. But the effects of the COVID pandemic—which have led to rising medical usage—as well as inflation and labor shortages are just some of the acute financial stressors taxing academic health centers right now.  “Costs of labor and … Continue reading “The Financial Pressures That Chairs of Clinical Departments Face—and How to Manage Them”