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, commissioned 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 (Institute) in 1994. The Institute has since gained the Catholic Health Association as a partner.

In recognition of the broader demand to increase leadership diversity and achieve health equity, in 2017 the Institute launched a new model with a new name, the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. We have long believed that promoting diversity within health care leadership and tackling health disparities is critical to ensuring the highest quality of care for everyone.



It is our vision to empower health organizations to provide equitable care for all persons.

With that, we proudly declare our mission to advance health care equity, diversity and inclusion.



The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works closely with health services organizations to advance health equity for all and to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health management. The Institute’s mission is to advance diversity, inclusion and health equity. It is our vision to empower all health organizations to ensure equitable care for all persons. Our programs include:


  • #123forEquity Pledge, www.equityofcare.org
  • American Leadership Council in Health Management
  • Bi-Annual Benchmark Survey on population health, equity and diversity in health care
  • Career Center
  • Certificate in Diversity in Health Management
  • Consulting Services
  • Graduate Internship Programs
  • Monthly Diversity Dialogue Webinars
  • National Leadership and Education Conference
  • Symposiums and training workshops


For more information about the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, contact us at institute@aha.org or at 312-422-2630.