A peer-to-peer community of health care professionals dedicated to helping hospitals and health systems recover, rebuild and reimagine health care.

COVID-19 Reflections

The Living Learning Network’s new book, The Pandemic: A Time of Challenges and Champions, captures the defining moments of the COVID-19 health care crisis and preserves the legacy of the health care field’s heroic response.

AHA Hospitals in Action: Supporting Care Teams

Inspiring Stories and Solutions from the Field

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and health systems continue doing everything they can to care for their patients and communities, and that extends to all health care workers on the front lines: physicians, nurses, food services, environmental services, administrative teams, emergency medical services and support teams.

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Our Purpose

Learning Together for Today, Tomorrow and the Future of Health Care

The LLN is a community of healthcare professionals designed to discuss, ideate and reform health care in response to COVID-19 and prepare for future public health emergencies. It’s an opportunity for participants to examine and address real-world issues with a curated network of respected subject matter experts and distinguished colleagues.

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Why participate?

  • Examine issues and opportunities
  • Share stories and experiences
  • Identify needs
  • Co-create tools and resources
  • Strengthen skills
  • Push each other to become better

LLN Map of Participating Members

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The LLN set out to engage health care professionals from across the country to authentically represent health care consumers from all walks of life. The only way to emerge from this pandemic stronger is through a national dialogue with diverse representation, transparency and accountability.

Source: Based on 2020 LLN Community Members.


Check out how the LLN is helping members learn and share real-time information to prepare for tomorrow and beyond.


“In health care today, we need to be more flexible and responsive to sudden change and more open to the support and guidance of others. The AHA Living Learning Network gives me the opportunity to reach out to my colleagues from across the field quickly and easily to better understand and manage a situation by looking at it from different experiences and perspectives. It opens our minds to new possibilities and it helps us build trust.”

Susan Stacey

Susan Stacey

Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital (Spokane, WA)


“The only way we can tackle COVID-19 is if we do it together. Since the onset of the virus, we’ve seen developments in health care that were once hard to imagine such as the rapid adoption of virtual health and its impact on the provider-patient relationship. The AHA Living Learning Network pulls together hospital and health system leaders and experts with unique, cross-functional perspectives to discuss and address rapidly changing, complex problems that have long-term implications. The diversity of experience allows this group to see risks and opportunities from different angles so that it can generate new solutions and adapt dynamically to changing situations.”

Jonathan Bandel

Jonathan Bandel

Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, White Plains Hospital (White Plains, NY)


“COVID-19 continues to demand partnership and innovation in health care. The Living Learning Network is designed to both accelerate and enhance collaboration and knowledge sharing – key factors in establishing widespread adoption of the most effective evidence-based clinical practices.”

Marie Cleary-Fishman

Marie Cleary-Fishman

Vice President, Clinical Quality, American Hospital Association (Chicago, IL)



AHA’s Updates and Resources

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Project Firstline

Infection Prevention and Control Training Collaborative

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Ten Ways Healthcare Systems Can Operate Effectively during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Living Learning Network (LLN) is an American Hospital Association initiative carried out through the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit subsidiary, and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Want to learn more about the Living Learning Network and become a member? Contact PI.Team@aha.org.