Institute for Diversity

About the Institute



In 1992, the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international society of health care executives, joined the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), the association of African-American health care executives, commisioned a non-partisan study to take a close look at the relative career advancement of their memberships.


The study found that minorities represent more than 20 percent of hospital employees but hold less than 1 percent of top management positions. It also disclosed that African-American health care executives made less money, held lower positions, and had less job satisfaction than their white counterparts. A 1997 follow-up study, expanded to include Latinos and Asians, found that although the gap had narrowed in some areas, not much had changed.


The 1992 study was a call to action for three progressive health care organizations–the American Hospital Association (AHA), ACHE and NAHSE— to unite and create the Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD) in 1994. The Institute has since gained two partners, the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE) and the Catholic Health Association.


The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works closely with health services organizations and educators to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health services management. The Institute’s mission is to increase the number of minorities in health services administration to better reflect the increasingly diverse communities they serve, and to improve opportunities for professionals already in the health care field. To accomplish this, the Institute has designed several initiatives to generate significant long-term results through educational programs, summer internships, professional development and leadership conferences.


Our Mission

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management is committed to expanding health care leadership opportunities for ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse individuals, and increasing the number of these individuals entering and advancing in the field.


Our Vision

Leadership of health care institutions that reflects the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of the communities they serve, resulting in the delivery of culturally competent health care to all constituent communities.

For more information about the Institute for Diversity, contact us at or at 312-422-2658.