Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE)

The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE), part of the American Hospital Association (AHA), works closely with health services organizations to advance health equity for all and to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health management. We have long believed that promoting diversity within health care leadership and tackling health disparities is critical to ensuring the highest quality of care for everyone.

I never drew out a map that ended with me being a hospital CEO, but I’m so humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to serve as the CEO of Sinai Chicago, the largest private safety net health system in Illinois. My map actually started in West Africa, where my father grew up before he moved to…
In my 22 years at Endeavor Health, my role has been enriching and full of opportunities for personal and professional growth. There were challenges along the way, where I was underestimated and encountered bias. However, these were exceptions and I’ve remained at Endeavor Health for so long, in…
My father was a military surgeon and I have always been influenced by his commitment to serve others. His career inspired most of my siblings and I to work in health care. From an early age, my parents taught all of us the importance of servant leadership and engrained a passion for giving back to…
For the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, 2024 can be summed up in a single phrase: “letting the data speak and guide us.”
In my role as president and chief executive officer of Swedish Health Services in Seattle, I’m constantly focused on excellence. What are we doing well? What can we do better? What is the best path to achieving our goals and aspirations as caregivers and health partners to every patient in every…