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

Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis (Recommended, but not required)
Application due February 23rd, 2018

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

WASHINGTON DC, USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE™ -- SEPTEMBER 1, 2017: 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 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).

Complete applications are due February 23rd, 2018.

To learn more about the Disparities Leadership Program sponsored by the DSC, visit our website.

To apply for enrollment in the DLP, download and complete an application.

This program is jointly sponsored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and supported by Joint Commission Resources, Inc., an affiliate of The Joint Commission. CME/CNE credits will be provided through NCQA for the opening and closing meetings.

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
Director, The Disparities Solutions Center, Senior Scientist, Mongan Institute for Health Policy Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director of Multicultural Education, Massachusetts General Hospital
Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH
Deputy Director, The Disparities Solutions Center
Lenny López, MD, MDiv, MPH
Senior Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center, Chief of Hospital Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Alden Landry, MD, MPH
Senior Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center, Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Faculty Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School
J. Emilio Carrillo, MD, MPH
Senior Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Zoila Torres Feldman, RN, MSc
Adjunct Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center, Chief Expansion Officer, North End Waterfront Health
Michele Garand, MS
Adjunct Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center, HCM Business Operations Strategist, ConnectiCare, Inc. & Affiliates


  • Peter Slavin, MD, President of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
  • Patricia Riley, MPP, Senior Vice President and Chief Government Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Caroline Bennett-AbuAyyash, PhD, Health Equity Project Coordinator, Sinai Health System-Toronto
  • Bev Beckman, RN, CPHQ, ACM, Project Manager, Health Connections Program, Jewish Hospital-KentuckyOne Health
  • John D. Cowden, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Equity and Diversity, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • Thomas H. Ebert, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Fallon Health
  • Berny Gould, RN, MNA, National Senior Director of Quality and Hospital Oversight, Kaiser Permanente
  • Karey Kenst, MPH, Senior Program Manager, The Disparities Solutions Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Christopher J. Kirwan, Jr., PhD, Project Coordinator, Medical Interpreter Services, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Juan Lopera, Vice President, Business Diversity, Tufts Health Plan
  • Vanessa McClinchy, M. Ed, Consultant
  • Suzanne Mitchell, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Boston University
  • Elizabeth Mort, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Quality and Safety, Chief Quality Officer, MGH and MGPO
  • Samantha Morton, JD, Chief Executive Officer, MLPB
  • Benjamin Orcutt, MHA, Director, Admitting & Registration Services, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Juana Slade, CDM, CCF, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Diversity & Language Services, AnMed Health


The Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategies that advance policy and practice to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

Specifically, we are working to:

  • Create change by developing new research and translating the findings into policy and practice.

  • Find solutions that help health care leaders, organizations, and key stakeholders ensure that every patient receives high-value, high-quality health care.

  • Encourage leadership by expanding the community of health care professionals prepared to improve quality, address disparities and achieve equity.

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)