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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Resources


The following AHA and SHSMD resources provide strategies for advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) within your organizations and demonstrating a commitment to DEIB within the communities you serve. If you have additional resources to share, please send them to shsmd@aha.org.

Events: Women's History Month

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Join us this March as we honor the remarkable contributions of women in health care strategy and market development roles to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in hospitals and health systems across the country. Let's celebrate people we know personally who are advocates for positive change. From webinars and podcasts to mentorship, SHSMD has curated a collection of tools that empowers women to lead with confidence, resilience and vision.

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Events: 2024 Accelerating Health Equity Conference

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Attend the AHA 2024 Accelerating Health Equity Conference, May 7-9, 2024, in Kansas City, MO. The event brings together professionals focused on improving community and population health and building partnerships, and professionals striving to advance diversity and inclusion within hospital management and executive levels.

  • Hear from leading voices in the fight against health inequities as they share the latest insights, ideas and success stories.
  • Participate in breakout sessions packed with insights and resources you can bring back to your organization.
  • Join how-to workshops and interactive problem-solving activities.

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Student and Diversity Enrichment Program


SHSMD offers a free year of membership and educational opportunities to attend the SHSMD in-person or virtual conferences for students currently working on a degree in health care administration, business management, marketing, communications and/or public relations.

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DEIB Presentations, Podcasts and Webinars


Access diversity content in SHSMD Podcasts, SHSMD Spectrum newsletter articles (member login required) or our SHSMD Resource Library by typing in a simple term of interest in the search field. Attend the SHSMD Connections Conference to gather the latest insights on DEIB within the strategists’ community.

Health Equity Resources


AHA’s HEAL is a dynamic collection of tools and resources focusing on practical, how-to solutions to help hospitals and health systems of all sizes build more inclusive and equitable communities.

Use HEAL to better understand opportunities, challenges and strategies to begin or advance your health equity journey. Resources focus on six key areas:

For more information on AHA initiatives to help create more equitable health ecosystems and communities, visit the Health Equity Roadmap.

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Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) produce incredibly powerful leaders in America; most recently noted is Madam Vice President; Kamala Harris. HBCUs are illustrious institutions that allow students to display their culture unapologetically. African-Americans that want a deeper understanding of Black history, noble alumni networking, and a smaller professor-to-student ratio should seriously consider higher education at an HBCU.

BestColleges.com team of experts compiled educational resources. Some of the key topics discussed in our resource are the top twenty-five HBCUs, how to choose the right HBCU, and additional resources for African-Americans.

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