PRESS RELEASE: Application Cycle for the 2020-2021 Disparities Leadership Program Is Now Open!

Letters of Intent are due March 13th, 2020 (Recommended, but not required)
Application due March 31st, 2020

Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH
The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone - 617-643-2916

WASHINGTON DC, USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE™ -- MARCH 2, 2020: The Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) is our year-long, hands-on executive education program focused exclusively on helping health care leaders achieve equity in quality. The program is designed to help you translate the latest understanding disparities into realistic solutions you can adopt within your organization. The DSC has the unique advantage of 12 years of experience developing and implementing the DLP, the only program of its kind in the nation.

Through the DLP, we develop 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..

Complete applications are due March 31st, 2020

To learn more about the Disparities Leadership Program sponsored by the DSC, visit our website.

To apply for enrollment in the DLP, download and complete an application.

This program is jointly sponsored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and supported by Joint Commission Resources, Inc., an affiliate of The Joint Commission. CME/CNE credits will be provided through NCQA for the opening and closing meetings.

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Massachusetts, General Hospital, Founder, Senior Advisor and Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center, Faculty, The Mongan Institute, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH
Administrative Director, the Mongan Institute, Director, The Disparities Solutions Center, Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University
Lenny López, MD, MDiv, MPH
Senior Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center, Chief of Hospital Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Alden Landry, MD, MPH
Senior Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center, Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Beth Israel, Deaconess Medical Center, Faculty Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School, Director of Health Equity Education at Harvard Medical School, Associate Advisor for Castle Society at Harvard Medical School


  • Margarita Alegria, PhD, Director of the Disparities Research Unit, Mass General Hospital
  • Esteban Barreto, PhD, Director of Evaluation, Mass General Hospital
  • Karen Donelan, ScD, EdM, Senior Scientist, Health Policy Research Center, Mass General Hospital
  • Kristy Helscel, MPH, Project Specialist, Partners Healthcare
  • Karey Kenst, MPH, Senior Program Manager, The Disparities Solutions Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Christopher Kirwan, PhD, Clinical Director of Medical Interpreter Services, Mass General Hospital
  • Wanda McClain, MPA, VP of Community Health and Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Alvin Powell, MD, Chief Health Equity Officer, Cone Health
  • Joan Quinlan, MPA, VP of Community Health, Mass General Hospital
  • Thomas Sequist, MD, Chief Patient Experience and Equity Officer, Partners Healthcare
  • Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Kraft Center for Community Health, Mass General Hospital
  • Andrea Tull, PhD, Senior Director of Quality Performance Management, Mass General Hospital
  • Sarah Wilkie, MS, Project Manager, Partners Healthcare


The Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategies that advance policy and practice to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

Specifically, we are working to:

  • Create change by developing new research and translating the findings into policy and practice.
  • Find solutions that help health care leaders, organizations, and key stakeholders ensure that every patient receives high-value, high-quality health care.
  • Encourage leadership by expanding the community of health care professionals prepared to improve quality, address disparities and achieve equity.

Winner of the 2014 American Hospital Association Equity of Care Award & The AAMC Learning Health System Award

The National Committee
for Quality Assurance

Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (An Affiliate of The Joint Commission)