Agent of Change

AHA is focused on transforming health and health care to fulfill our vision of a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. That means fostering leadership diversity, building innovative multi-sector partnerships, mobilizing members for performance improvement and offering best-in-class tools, products and services.

Advancing Diversity and Eliminating Disparities. AHA is focused on transforming health and health care to fulfill our vision of a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. That means fostering leadership diversity, building innovative multi-sector partnerships, mobilizing members for performance improvement and offering “best-in-class” tools, products and services. To that end, in 2018, we will unveil a new model for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, which has become the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity in recognition of the broader demand for both increasing diversity in leadership and advancing health equity leadership. We have long believed that promoting diversity within health care leadership and tackling health disparities in care are critical to ensuring the highest quality of care for everyone. To reflect this, we are providing membership in the Institute, and its associated resources and expertise, as part of your AHA membership rather than a separate engagement.

Further, a new alliance with the National Urban League underscores our efforts to connect hospital and health system CEOs with local Urban League leaders interested in opportunities to serve on governing boards at hospitals and health systems. This alliance is developing resources for the field, sharing best practices and promoting shared policy solutions to persistent challenges that affect the health of vulnerable communities. Visit www.diversityconnection.org to learn more.

Driving Performance Improvement. AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) is the largest of the 16 organizations that comprise the new Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, or HIIN. This new effort builds upon the work of the two previous, successful Hospital Engagement Network projects and will span two years with an option for a third. This project keeps an unrelenting focus on providing better, safer care to patients – working in close partnership with the federal government and with each other – as the field strives for zero incidents. Results from the first year are expected in early 2018.

Building Partnerships to Support Clinicians. In 2017, a board-level committee re-examined our Physician Leadership Forum with the goal of strengthening relationships between hospital and health system leaders and clinical leaders. As a result, the AHA Physician Leadership Forum is becoming the AHA Physician Alliance. This group aims to strengthen the voice of physician leaders in health policy and practice while helping such leaders lead well, be well and care well. The Alliance will unite a broad spectrum of leaders – hospital and health system CEOs, trustees and others – providing education, technical assistance and collaboratively advancing excellence in patient care.

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