What you'll learn
- Deepen your knowledge of health to include social determinants, reflect on how historical factors and political agendas shape power and result in health inequities, and identify specific, tangible opportunities to operationalize strategies to advance health equity in your work or practice
- Gain a greater understanding of the innovative leadership frameworks (such as adaptive leadership, authentic leadership, and transformative leadership) required to make substantial and lasting change in an organization
- Identify strategies for managing change in organizations, analyze the major drivers of organizational change, communicate health equity in public and professional environments, and develop strategies to make managerial decisions based on data
- Examine your personal and professional challenges of maintaining work/life balance, leadership responsibilities, and career aspirations
One of the most glaring and seemingly intractable challenges facing health care organizations and professionals today is the absence of health equity in their patient population. Disparities in health care between groups defined socially, economically, demographically or geographically are, in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of health equity, “unfair and avoidable or remediable.” This program will teach you how to confront and remediate unfair practices and advance health equity in your community or practice.
Traditional medical education lacks training on how the health care system is influenced by racism and how outdated policies perpetuate disparities. To help you fill this knowledge gap and refine your leadership skills through a health equity lens, this program delves into the current state of the health care system and the latest research on the social determinants of health. In particular, you will:
- Examine how specific policies adversely affect vulnerable populations and explore inequities from a policy and business perspective
- Analyze factors impacting patients and health care providers, such as identity/identification, “minority tax,” imposter syndromes, implicit bias, work-life integration, and secondary stress refracted through systems
- Discover how to lead conversations with colleagues and partners to improve your organization’s policies and procedures and, ultimately, the health of your community at large
By participating in this program, you will gain the skills to be a transformational leader who not only understands population health, but also pioneers innovation in policies, practices, and programs that promote health equity.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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