Leadership Development to Advance Equity in Health Care

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Program Overview

Leadership Development to Advance Equity in Health Care

One of the most glaring and seemingly intractable challenges facing health care organizations and professionals today is the absence of health equity in their patient population. Disparities in health care between groups defined socially, economically, demographically or geographically are, in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of health equity, “unfair and avoidable or remediable.” This program will teach you how to confront and remediate unfair practices and advance health equity in your community or practice.

Traditional medical education lacks training on how the health care system is influenced by racism and how outdated policies perpetuate disparities. To help you fill this knowledge gap and refine your leadership skills through a health equity lens, this program delves into the current state of the health care system and the latest research on the social determinants of health. In particular, you will:

  • Examine how specific policies adversely affect vulnerable populations and explore inequities from a policy and business perspective
  • Analyze factors impacting patients and health care providers, such as identity/identification, “minority tax,” imposter syndromes, implicit bias, work-life integration, and secondary stress refracted through systems
  • Discover how to lead conversations with colleagues and partners to improve your organization’s policies and procedures and, ultimately, the health of your community at large

By participating in this program, you will gain the skills to be a transformational leader who not only understands population health, but also pioneers innovation in policies, practices, and programs that promote health equity.

Learn from the experts

Improving health equity is a multi-factorial and cross-sectional agenda that requires members of the health care system to be informed and working towards influencing change. To help you make a real difference at your organization, expert Harvard faculty will lead skill-based sessions to help you identify and work to change biased policies and environments—while supporting health equity and diversity in your organization.

Course faculty include two of the Harvard Chan School’s most prominent scholars in the area of diversity and inclusion.  Dr. Joan Reede, ScB, MBA, MS, MPH, MD is the current Dean of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Partnership for Harvard Medical School and Dr. David Williams, PhD, MPH who is an internationally recognized social scientist focused on social influences of health. After you complete this dynamic leadership development program, you will:

  • Have a deep understanding of the bias that negatively impacts health equity and its history in the American health care system
  • Be empowered to facilitate the crucial conversations around health equity that can effect change in your organization and community
  • Understand how you fit into your organization’s staffing and know how to identify allies, mentors, and partners who can help you transform your organization from within

Objectives & Highlights

Learning Objectives

  • Deepen your knowledge of health to include social determinants, reflect on how historical factors and political agendas shape power and result in health inequities, and identify specific, tangible opportunities to operationalize strategies to advance health equity in your work or practice
  • Gain a greater understanding of the innovative leadership frameworks (such as adaptive leadership, authentic leadership, and transformative leadership) required to make substantial and lasting change in an organization
  • Identify strategies for managing change in organizations, analyze the major drivers of organizational change, communicate health equity in public and professional environments, and develop strategies to make managerial decisions based on data
  • Examine your personal and professional challenges of maintaining work/life balance, leadership responsibilities, and career aspirations

Program Highlights

In Leadership Development to Advance Equity in Health Care, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Create meaningful partnerships with and make a collective impact on marginalized and vulnerable populations within and across health care and community organizations
  • Enjoy highly dynamic and interactive sessions in a personal environment with expert faculty
  • Foster personal and organizational growth through small group discussions with like-minded peers in the health care system

Credits and Logistics

Continuing Education Credit

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the program.

Who Should Apply

This program is designed for health care executives and emerging leaders who are committed to addressing health equity in marginalized populations. Participants may include:

  • Clinical professionals such as physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and psychologists
  • Administrative professionals such as C-suite executives, department chairs, diversity officers, group practice executives, and human resources professionals
  • Health care consultants from a wide range of organizations

Application and Admission

Successful applicants will currently hold a position in the health care field with 6+ years of experience, have at least a master’s degree or equivalent, and be committed to improving health equity. Fluency in written and spoken English is also required for the program.

Early application is encouraged. Qualified candidates will be admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, and programs often fill early.