Institute for Diversity and Health Equity / AHA

Position: President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Diversity and Health Equity & Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity, AHA

Location: Chicago, Illinois


Founded in 1898, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals and health care networks, their patients, and their communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care come together with 43,000 individual members to form the AHA. Through its representation and advocacy activities, the AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. The AHA also provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Founded in 1994 by the AHA, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the National Association of Health Services Executives, the Institute has since been joined by the Catholic Health Association as a sponsoring partner. The IFDHE is governed by a diverse board of health care leaders from across the United States, and all members of the AHA are also members of the Institute. The IFDHE leads national initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion in health care, empowering health organizations to provide equitable care for all persons. Working with the Institute and its affiliates and partners, the AHA has developed a number of resources to help organizations with their diversity and health equity strategies and goals, and honors those executives, hospitals, and health systems that are leading the way in these efforts.

Job Description:

The President and CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity also serves as the Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity within the American Hospital Association. He or she will have the opportunity to lead the Institute and the Association to a place of preeminence in increasing the diversity of America's health care leadership, ensuring inclusive working environments, and enabling equitable care for all individuals. The President/Vice President serves as the lead executive staffing the Institute's board of directors, and will be an integral part of the AHA's senior management team, responsible for collaborating across the Association to leverage internal and external assets, existing platforms, and partnerships aimed at advancing diversity, inclusion, and health equity. The President/Vice President will manage a team of five direct reports and oversee an annual budget of $2 million, with the expectation of creating a business model that produces supporting revenue via products, services, conferences, and educational resources. This servant leader will help AHA member CEOs and executive teams and their boards of directors create their own strategies, initiatives, and programs to improve health and well-being locally, regionally, and nationally by increasing diversity in governance and executive management, as well as reducing disparities and promoting culturally competent and inclusive care. Additionally, the President/Vice President will advance best practices in community partnerships and population health strategies.

Search Team:

Steven M. Derks

Dr. Robert K. Kuramoto

Joyce Washington

Lindsey Hochman

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