PRESS RELEASE: Application Cycle for the Disparities Leadership Program Now Open!

Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis (Recommended, but not required)
Application due February 10th, 2017

Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH
Deputy Director
The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: 617-643-2916

WASHINGTON DC, USA -- HEALTH CARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE™ -- JANUARY 7, 2017: The Disparities Solutions Center is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Disparities Leadership Program (DLP).

The Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) is our year-long, hands-on executive education program focused exclusively on helping health care leaders achieve equity in quality. The program is designed to help you translate the latest understanding of the problem of disparities into realistic solutions you can adopt within your organization.

Through the DLP, we aim to create leaders prepared to meet the challenges of health care transformation by improving quality for at-risk populations who experience disparities. The program has three main goals:

  • To arm health care leaders with a rich understanding of the causes of disparities and the vision to implement solutions and transform their organization to deliver high-value health care. Solutions are specifically focused on identifying disparities impacting the quality and value of care within high-cost, high-risk areas such as preventing readmissions and avoidable hospitalizations; improving patient safety and experience; and excelling in population health.

  • To help leaders create strategic plans or projects to advance their work in reducing disparities in a customized way, with practical benefits tailored to every organization.

  • To align the goals of health equity with health care reform and value-based purchasing. We support the organizational changes necessary to respond to national movements including health care reform, value-based purchasing, as well as exceeding quality standards (such as the CLAS standards) and meeting regulations (such as those from the Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the National Quality Forum).

To download a Letter of Intent form and application, please click the link below:

To read more about the Disparities Leadership Program (DLP), please click the link below:

To download a PDF of our program description, click on the link below:

To read more about the evaluation we conducted of the DLP, including four case studies, click on the link below:

For a list of previous DLP participating organizations, click on the link below:

For a timeline of the application process and DLP year, click on the link below:

Ongoing Intent to Apply Due (recommended by not required)
February 10, 2017 DLP Full Application Due
March 31, 2017 DLP Applicants are notified
April 7, 2017 Acceptance deadline
May 5, 2017 Tuition payment due
May 11-12, 2017 Opening Meeting, Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA
February 2018 Two-day Closing Meeting, Loews Hotel, Santa Monica, CA (dates TBD)

The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

Winner of the 2014 American Hospital Association Equity of Care Award & The AAMC Learning Health System Award

The National Committee
for Quality Assurance

Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (An Affiliate of The Joint Commission)