American Leadership Council on Diversity in Healthcare
In 2006 the Institute created the American Leadership Council on Diversity in Healthcare to foster collaboration among professional diversity practitioners committed to developing and implementing change initiatives through research, education, and advocacy to improve the quality, safety, and access to care among the nation’s health care providers. The Council, which consists of some 15 diversity practitioners from Institute member hospitals across the country, functions as an advisory group that provides insight and perspective to the Institute and to the field of health care diversity management to enhance national efforts aimed at fostering inclusion, changing mindsets, and increasing cultural competence.
In a pioneering effort, the Council is developing a Diversity Practitioner Proficiency Certificate Program to set standards of practice in health care diversity management and establish diversity management as a professional discipline in health care. The program will provide the diversity practitioner with a practical learning experience in all aspects of designing, implementing, and measuring the effectiveness of a diversity initiative. Upon completion of the program, the participant will receive a certificate of proficiency from the Institute.
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