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Trillium Health Resources is one of seven organizations, including hospitals, health plans, and other organizations from around the United States and Canada to be selected to participate in a year-long executive leadership program designed to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

The Disparities Leadership Program, the first program of its kind in the nation, is designed for leaders from hospitals, health insurance plans, and other health care organizations who are seeking to develop practical strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care. This program was launched in 2007. 

The program is led by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. 

(Trillium’s Health Equity Report details the efforts taken over the past 10 years towards this goal)

Through the DLP, the DSC aims to create leaders prepared to meet the challenges of health care transformation by improving quality for populations who experience disparities. 

The program has three main goals:
To equip health care leaders with a rich understanding of the causes of disparities, the vision to implement solutions, and the strategies to transform their organization to deliver high-value health care.

To help leaders create strategic plans or projects to advance their work in reducing disparities in a customized way, with practical benefits tailored to every organization.

To create a professional learning and networking environment for leaders in health care to engage in peer-to-peer learning, crowd-sourcing of ideas and strategies for reducing disparities, resource sharing, collaboration, and ongoing support in the form of a national DLP alumni network.
“What we have learned from working with other health care organizations for over a decade is that there is a thirst for knowledge on how to operationalize and execute on strategies to address racial and ethnic disparities, but also to be part of a community that can crowd-source ideas,” said Aswita Tan-McGrory, director of the Disparities Solutions Center at MGH. “Especially in this current national climate of a call to action for social justice, participating organizations create a powerful network of leaders coming together to support and learn from each other toward the common goal of eliminating disparities.” 

The Disparities Leadership Program is jointly sponsored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and supported by Joint Commission Resources, an affiliate of the Joint Commission.