The AHA and the National Urban League today announced an alliance to advance health equity and diversity in health care leadership in communities across the U.S. “To truly advance health in America, we must improve the quality of care for everybody, in every community,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “These efforts begin by focusing on greater equity of care and more diversity in health care leadership. The AHA has long been committed to this goal, and I’m excited for what this partnership will mean for hospitals across the country.” The organizations will collaborate on 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; develop resources for the field and share best practices on community health worker programs; and promote shared policy solutions to persistent challenges that affect the health of vulnerable communities. “This work with the National Urban League is a great opportunity for the hospital field to provide leadership in accelerating health equity for patients, their families, health care teams and communities,” said Gene Woods, AHA chairman and president and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System.