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Call for Applications: Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) 2014-2015

The Disparities Leadership Program
Request for Applications

The Disparities Solutions Center is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Disparities Leadership Program (DLP).

The Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) is a 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 of the problem of disparities into realistic solutions you can adopt within your organization.

The DLP aims to create leaders prepared to meet the challenges of health care transformation by improving quality for at-risk populations who experience disparities. The program has three main goals:

         To arm health care leaders with a rich understanding of the causes of disparities and the vision to implement solutions and transform their organization deliver high-value health care. Solutions are specifically focused on identifying disparities impacting the quality and value of care within high-cost, high-risk areas such as preventing readmissions and avoidable hospitalizations; improving patient safety and experience; and excelling in population health.

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

         To align the goals of health equity with health care reform and value-based purchasing. We support the organizational changes necessary to respond to national movements including health care reform, value-based purchasing, as well as exceeding quality standards and meeting regulations (such as those Joint Commission, the National Committee on Quality Assurance, and the National Quality Forum).

To read more about the Disparities Leadership Program (DLP), please click the link below:



To read more about the evaluation we conducted of the DLP, including three case studies, click on the link below:



For a list of previous DLP participating organizations, click on the link below:



For a timeline of the application process and DLP year, click on the link below:


December 13, 2013

Intent to Apply Due (recommended but not required)

February 14, 2014

DLP Application due

April 11, 2014

DLP applicants are notified

April 18, 2014

Acceptance Deadline

May 16, 2014

Tuition payment is due

May 21-22, 2014

Opening meeting, Le Meridien, Cambridge Massachusetts

February, 2015

Two day meeting, Loews Hotel, Santa Monica, California (dates TBD)