Duane Elliott Reynolds was placed as the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and the vice president of diversity, inclusion, and health equity for the American Hospital Association.
Founded in 1898, the AHA is a national organization comprised of nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems, and other health care organizations, along with more than 270,000 affiliated physicians, two million nurses and other caregivers, and 43,000 individual members. The AHA engages in representation and advocacy activities, as well as providing education for healthcare leaders and information on healthcare issues and trends. The IFDHE 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 to lead national initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion in health care, empowering health organizations to provide equitable care for all persons.
In his role, Duane will lead the Institute and the Association to a place of preeminence in increasing the diversity of America's healthcare leadership, ensuring inclusive working environments, and enabling equitable care for all individuals. In addition to creating a business model for the organization, he 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. Duane will also be charged with advancing best practices in community partnerships and population health strategies.
Duane comes to the AHA from The Advisory Board (which was acquired by UnitedHealth Group's Optum segment during his tenure), where he served as the chief of inclusion and diversity and the practice leader for inclusion and health equity – a new practice that he launched for healthcare payer and provider organizations. Responsible for cultivating an inclusive work and learning environment and fostering synergy, understanding, and innovation among diverse colleagues and teams, Duane developed and implemented initiatives including organization-wide diversity training, cultural audits, and business resource group development and coaching, partnering with human resource and operational teams to develop targeted recruitment, engagement, and metric evaluation tools. In 2017, he achieved a 21% improvement in hiring and 13% improvement in promotion rate for women, as well as a 33% improvement in hiring and 19% improvement in promotion rates for minorities. Duane also spearheaded the development of the company's LGBTQ business resource group, which was named a 2017 and 2018 "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign, with a 100% Equality Index score.
Previously, Duane served as the administrator of the Emory University Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the administrator of clinic operations for the Department of Medicine of Emory Medicine; as the assistant administrator for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Division of Rheumatology; as the system project manager for organizational development at OhioHealth; and as an assistant administrator at Miller's Health System in Indianapolis. He holds a bachelor's degree in public health from Indiana University and a Master of Health Administration from The Ohio State University. Duane was a 2018 recipient of Modern Healthcare's Up and Comer Award, and has been recognized with numerous career achievement awards from his alma mater, Ohio State.