Diversity Dialogue Webinars

About the Diversity Dialogue Webinar Series:

Diversity Dialogue Webinars are one of the most popular programs offered by the Institute. Each month, a different nationally renowned speaker discusses a topic of pressing concern in health care. While enjoying the audio presentation, attendees log in via a computer and view the accompanying slideshow presentation.

Past speakers have included Dr. Ram Raju, President & CEO of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Dr. Elena Rios, President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association, Margaret Kraak and Nakisha Pugh with OFCCP, Jack Lynch, President and CEO of Main Line Health, and Brett Tschurtz with The Joint Commission. 


Price:The Diversity Dialogue Webinars are COMPLIMENTARY for Institute members and $99 for non-Institute members. Institute members receive free access to ALL Diversity Dialogue webinars. Click here for registration instruction.


For more information about the Institute's Diversity Dialogues, please contact Deborah Myles, project and operations, at (312) 422-2693 or dmyles_tmp@aha.org.


For more information on membership with the Institute, please click here or contact Pamela Janniere at pjanniere@aha.org.

Upcoming Diversity Dialogue Webinars:

Equity of Care Award – Three Part Series

The series provides demonstrated examples from hospitals and health systems on what they are doing to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity and inclusion within their organizations


Part 1: Aligning Diversity and Inclusion, Community Engagement, Business Operations, and Population Health Efforts to Achieve Equity

Featuring 2017 Equity of Care honorees Advocate Health Care, Downers Grove, IL and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

November 20, 2017    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET/ Noon-1:00 p.m. CT


The Institute for Diversity in Health Management in collaboration with the American Hospital Association are pleased to feature, two of this year’s Equity of Care honorees, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago (Rush) and Advocate Health Care, Downers Grove, Il. Both organizations have taken action to accelerate progress in #123forEquity pledge and will discuss their journey. Rush has made community health equity a strategic goal and has aligned business operations, population health efforts, diversity and inclusion and community engagement efforts to achieve equity. Rush has initiated an anchor mission initiative focused on hiring locally and creating career pathways, purchasing locally, impact investing locally and volunteering locally to create jobs and economic opportunities in the surrounding neighborhoods.  Rush as has pledged to increase diversity at the director level and above. Advocate Health Care started the REaL Data Collection campaign called “We ask because we care.” Advocate also implemented Project H.E.A.L.T.H. (Healing Effectively after Leaving the Hospital), a transitional care program with the goal to reduce avoidable readmissions for patients who have asthma, diabetes and sickle cell disease by identifying barriers to recovery for patients discharged to home. Advocate established the first center of its kind in the Midwest designed to serve the South Asian community through a unique combination of community outreach, culturally sensitive advanced clinical services and research.


Upon the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe #123forEquity Pledge journey to eliminate health disparities.

  • Discuss how to successfully attain accomplishments toward pledge goals.

  • Understand the process steps for increasing diversity in leadership and throughout a healthcare organization.

  • Evaluate the impact of change on health equity and quality improvement. 



  • Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich, Senior Vice President, Mission and Spiritual Care, Advocate Health Care
  • Robyn Golden, Associate Vice President, Population Health and Aging, Rush University Medical Center
  • Darlene Oliver Hightower, Associate Vice President, Community Engagement, Rush University Medical Center



Hospitals and health systems are working hard to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable and safe care. To accelerate progress on these efforts, the #123forEquity pledge campaign was launched in 2015.  Hospital and health system leaders are asked to take action to accelerate progress in the following areas:


  • Increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity, language preference and other socio-demographic data

  • Increasing cultural competency training

  • Increasing diversity in leadership and governance

  • Improve and strengthen community partnerships




Part 2: December 13, 2017, Noon CT, featuring honoree Cone Health, Greensboro, NC

Part 3: January 2018, featuring honoree Moffitt Cancer Research Center & Research institute, Tampa, FL

Webinar Topic Suggestions?

Is there an area in health care relative to equity, cultural competency, or best practices that you would like to hear more about in our Diversity Dialogue series? If so, please contact Jetaun Mallett at (312) 422-2692 or jmallett@aha.org. Our webinar series continues to be one of the most popular resources because our members provide topic and speaker suggestions. 

Archived Diversity Dialogues

All Diversity Dialogue webinars are recorded and available for three months from the date of presentation.  Click here to view the list of available archived Diversity Dialogues.  To request a recording, please email institute@aha.org.