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18X – 2020 Vision: Clearly Seeing the Connection Between Health Equity and C-Suite Diversity

Monday, March 23rd

About the Session

The Better Together Collaborative formed to increase diversity in the senior ranks of healthcare management for the primary purpose of improving health for all. Achieving health equity significantly depends on building a C-suite that champions inclusion and diversity. A 2018 study published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety found that hospitals with higher proportions of racial and ethnic minorities in executive positions reported more initiatives to reduce disparities of care. A growing number of major healthcare organizations recognize this connection and have created new C-suite positions. For example, Massachusetts General Hospital now has a vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer, and the American Medical Association has a chief health equity officer. However, many healthcare organizations do not yet have a clear line of sight between health equity and C-suite diversity. During this session, subject matter experts will use research to help healthcare leaders see the key reason for increasing diversity among healthcare executives is to improve advancements in health equity. Additionally, a three-person healthcare executive panel will provide the practitioner perspective and case studies to offer real-life examples.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine how C-suite diversity in healthcare organizations can directly influence the achievement of organizational health equity goals.
  • Discover at least three practical ways to develop sustainable C-suite diversity that contributes to healthcare organizations achieving their health equity goals.


Presented By

Monica C. Vargas-Mahar, FACHE

The Hospitals of Providence East Campus

Ebbin Dotson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan

Robert S. Chaloner, FACHE

Chief Administrative Officer
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Ajith Pai, PharmD, FACHE

Texas Health/Harris Methodist Hospital

Jahmal Miller

Vice President, Equity and Inclusion
CommonSpirit Health