The leading advocate for hospitals dedicated to equitable, high-quality care for people who face social and financial barriers to health care access

Since 1981, we have advanced policies and programs that promote health, access to care, and equity.

We champion our 300 members and their mission to care for low-income and uninsured patients, teach the next generation of health care professionals, and provide lifesaving services for all.

Our hospitals reach outside their walls to create health care access in communities where social, structural, and economic disadvantages threaten health and well-being.

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Action for Access and Equity in Health Care

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Innovative Research

Our Essential Hospitals Institute examines and shares practices that elevate health care quality and equity and improve individual and population health.

Institute Research

Learning, Leadership, Collaboration

America’s Essential Hospitals offers in-person meetings, distance learning events, and collaborative groups for professionals at every level of your organization. Participate in our programming and join hundreds of health care leaders nationwide as they explore key federal and state health care issues, discover innovative and transformative practices, and hone leadership skills.

Upcoming and Recorded Webinars

Essential Voices

Strengthening Resilience of and Developing the Essential Hospital Workforce

Essential hospitals have adopted innovative wellness and workforce development solutions to overcome burnout, labor shortages, and other challenges.