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Essential Women’s Leadership Academy Empowers Executives

Two Essential Women’s Leadership Academy alumnae reflect on their experiences in this biennial training program that builds empowered hospital executives.


2018 Essential Women’s Leadership Academy

Welcome to the 2018 Essential Women’s Leadership Academy group page. We are excited to provide a private, participant-only online classroom environment, where you can post questions and answers for your peers and association staff.


2016 Essential Women’s Leadership Academy

Welcome to the 2016 Essential Women’s Leadership Academy group page. We are excited to provide a private, participant-only online classroom environment, where you can post questions and answers for your peers and association staff.


Essential Women’s Leadership Academy

Gender disparities in hospital executive leadership have changed little over the past few decades. Women make up the majority of health care workers and half of all medical students, but representation decreases higher up the organizational ladder — few hospital CEOs are women. The Essential Women’s Leadership Academy seeks to boost women’s confidence, improve their leadership


Essential Hospitals See New Win in Legal Challenge to 340B Payment Cuts

A federal district court ruled that HHS must pay hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program the full Medicare Part B drug payment rate for the remainder of calendar year 2022.


Essential Data 2022: Our Hospitals, Our Patients

This annual snapshot of America’s Essential Hospitals’ membership tells a story about the essential people and communities our members serve.


New Data Underscore Essential Hospitals’ Ongoing Resource Challenges, Unique Role

The new data on essential hospitals comes in the association’s annual snapshot of its members, Essential Data: Our Hospitals, Our Patients.


Inflation Reduction Act: An Analysis for Essential Hospitals

Notable for essential hospitals, the bill contains an extension of Affordable Care Act advance premium tax credits, and historic drug pricing provisions that give the federal government power to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.


Essential Hospitals Praise Coverage under New Law, Urge More Funding Relief

The Inflation Reduction Act preserves access to affordable health care coverage and takes historic steps to fight climate change but it falls short of providing the support essential hospitals need as front-line providers during public health crises.


America’s Essential Hospitals Introduces 2022–2023 Fellows Class

Twenty-nine rising leaders from 18 essential hospitals will explore population health, diversity and inclusion, policymaking, and other issues central to care for low-income and marginalized patients.


America’s Essential Hospitals Welcomes New Board Leadership

New leaders for America’s Essential Hospitals and its research, education, and dissemination arm, Essential Hospitals Institute, today begin their roles.


Awards Honor Exceptional Care, Innovation at Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals awarded Gage Awards to seven hospitals for quality improvement projects, population health initiatives, and COVID-19 response.


New Report Details Essential Hospitals’ Use of Donor Human Milk

Hospitals can promote the use of donor human milk to provide a lifeline for premature infants and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.


Home-Based Hypertension Management in an Essential Hospital

Discover current literature and recommendations on home blood pressure monitoring and hear the results of a hypertension management pilot program at association member Parkland Health & Hospital System.


Essential Hospitals Tackle Structural Inequities in Maternal Health Care

Essential hospitals are working together to reduce maternal health disparities and drive down the disproportionate mortality rate among people of color.


A Calling to Serve: Strategies to Recruit and Retain Essential Hospital Staff

Essential hospital leader Darrell K. Terry Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, shares how his hospitals responded to staffing challenges amid “The Great Resignation.”


Essential Hospitals Advance Equity through Hospital-At-Home Model 

The ability to provide hospital-level care at home has been essential to managing case surges during the COVID-19 pandemic and can improve access and equity outside of a public health crisis.


Essential Hospitals Welcome Equity Focus in IPPS Proposed Rule

We welcome the focus on improving equity in today’s FY 2023 IPPS proposed rule, including in proposals related to climate change and maternal health.


Sustain Essential Hospitals Now and for Future Public Health Emergencies

The health of people and communities is only as strong as the investments we make to ensure access to high-quality, affordable care and reduce disparities.


Essential Hospitals Applaud Selection of New OPA Director

Egwim brings extensive experience to his new role, and we look forward to working with him to protect the access to affordable drugs the 340B Drug Pricing Program creates for low-income patients.


Essential Hospitals Need Targeted, Ongoing COVID-19 Relief

Essential hospitals continue to confront extreme labor costs and staff shortages and need targeted relief from remaining fund dollars and new sources of support.


2022 Government Relations Academy

Influencing Public Policy: Enhancing the Voice of Essential Hospital Advocates Welcome to the 2022 Government Relations Academy! This portal is your private online classroom, which you can use to reference program information and content, view session logistics, and generate discussions with fellow class members and staff between in-person and virtual sessions. To navigate within this


Grant Kickoff: Essential Hospital Office-Based Addiction Treatment Program

Learn about the application process, key deadlines, and tips for creating the best possible submission.


Essential Hospital Office-Based Addiction Treatment Learning Collaborative

The opioid epidemic is a major public health concern. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show more than 130 people across the country die from an opioid overdose every day, and annual overdose deaths peaked at more than 93,000 in 2020 — a 30 percent increase from 2019. The Biden administration has prioritized combating substance use disorder, outlining seven strategic efforts to reduce harm and expand treatment options and dedicating significant financial resources via the American Rescue Plan Act.   The time for systemic


40 Years Essential: A Blueprint for Building Equity

Mini Swift, MD, MPH, vice president for population health at association member Alameda Health System, shares how the association’s research tools and Essential Women’s Leadership Academy shaped her career.


America’s Essential Hospitals Fills Top Legislative Position with Washington Veteran

America’s Essential Hospitals has selected Jason Pray, a health care policy professional with more than 24 years of experience in Washington, D.C., as its next vice president of legislative affairs.


Opioid Resources for Essential Hospitals

In recent years, the opioid epidemic has become a major public health concern across the country. In 2017, it was declared a public health emergency, allowing federal health agencies to allocate resources and hire specialists to focus on the issue. In addition, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has been


Engaging Essential Hospitals in Value-Based Care

In a new white paper, America’s Essential Hospitals discusses essential hospitals’ role in value-based payment models and makes recommendations to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation on improving equity through broader model participation.


Essential Learning Series Contact Information


Essential Hospitals Receive $847,000 CVS Health Investment to Reduce Black Pregnant or Birthing Patient Morbidity and Mortality

A new learning collaborative, funded by CVS Health Foundation, and guided by Essential Hospitals Institute will support ongoing work at 12 essential hospitals to reduce morbidity and mortality among Black pregnant and birthing patients and foster sharing of results and best practices.


Three Essential Hospitals to Receive Grants to Reduce CVD Care Disparities

Over 12 months, the project will provide technical support to the grant recipients and collect data on how their innovations affect cardiovascular disease patients in their communities.


Essential Hospitals Continue Climate Work Amid Pandemic

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, essential hospitals continued to act as models in the industry for sustainability practices.


An Essential Toolkit

Christy Neuhoff, JD, MBA, past-chair of the Essential Hospitals Institute board of directors, reflects on the Institute’s work and her experience creating and participating in its leadership development programs.


Essential Hospital Priorities for Reconciliation Legislation

To support the sustainability of the health care safety net, policymakers should include essential hospital priorities in the final reconciliation legislative package.


Essential Hospitals’ Year-End Priorities

Essential hospitals continue to experience increased costs and fewer resources, including staffing, due to the pandemic. We call on Congress to address various priorities to ensure our members remain able to carry out their mission to serve people who face social and financial barriers to care.


40 Years Essential: Health Equity in Policy and Practice

Susan Ehrlich, MD, MPP, past-chair of the association board, reflects on her personal health equity journey and what she’s learned from essential hospitals.


Association Asks HHS to Target COVID-19 Funds to Essential Hospitals

In a Sept. 20 letter, America’s Essential Hospitals welcomes the announcement of additional COVID-19 relief funding but notes the methodology falls short of adequate support for safety net providers. The association urges HHS to issue another targeted safety net distribution, among other requests.


Essential Hospitals Applaud Administration Support of 340B Program

We thank the Biden Administration for strongly supporting the 340B Drug Pricing Program in its plan to tackle high drug prices, and we urge policymakers to dismantle barriers to affordable drugs that now threaten the program.


Association Calls for Essential Hospital Priorities in Reconciliation Bill

In a letter to Democratic congressional leadership, the association urges consideration of essential hospital priorities — including funding for critical workforce and hospital infrastructure needs and protecting the 340B Drug Pricing Program — in forthcoming budget reconciliation legislation.


America’s Essential Hospitals to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for Employees

America’s Essential Hospitals will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.


Essential Hospitals Commit to Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Equity and Access

Health systems representing 177 member hospitals have pledged to fight health care disparities by ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.


America’s Essential Hospitals Members Committed to COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

Essential hospitals have led the nation in promoting equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, especially for people who face barriers to care. They have promoted vaccination through mass vaccination sites, targeted community initiatives, and educational campaigns created with community partners. Now, with the emergence of the delta variant and the resulting spike in hospitalizations, vaccination equity and access take on even greater


Essential Hospitals Support Communities with Disabilities

To recognize Disability Pride Month and the 31st anniversary of Congress passing the Americans with Disabilities Act, we showcase three essential hospital programs to support communities with disabilities.


Statement on Death of UF Health CEO and Essential Hospitals Champion

Leon Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, was a tireless advocate for patients and essential hospitals, and he contributed in countless ways to the mission and work of America’s Essential Hospitals and Essential Hospitals Institute.


America’s Essential Hospitals Urges Members to Require Employee Vaccination

With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, spiking infection rates, and persistent gaps in vaccination that put millions of people at risk nationally, we urge our member hospitals to require vaccination for their employees, for their protection and the safety of patients.


America’s Essential Hospitals, Voyce Announce Partnership to Expand Video Access to On-Demand, Real-Time Language Interpreters

The partnership with Voyce aligns with America’s Essential Hospitals’ long-standing and ongoing focus on social determinants of health, such as language and health literacy.


America’s Essential Hospitals Welcomes New Board Leadership

New leaders for America’s Essential Hospitals and its research, education, and dissemination arm, Essential Hospitals Institute, today began their roles.


Project to Help Essential Hospitals Reduce Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease

The project, supported by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, will fund up to three member hospitals to implement strategies to reduce cardiovascular disease disparities, provide technical assistance to grantees, and disseminate findings and lessons learned to hospital systems nationwide.


Essential Hospitals Have Pride: Improving LGBTQ Care

For 40 years, America’s Essential Hospitals and its members have championed care for underserved communities, including LGBTQ people. As we celebrate Pride Month, the association reflects on members’ efforts to improve care for this population and recent administration actions to support this goal.


Essential Hospitals Applaud Brooks-LaSure Confirmation

Brooks-LaSure takes the reins at CMS at a critical juncture for our nation, as COVID-19 and its lingering economic effects make access to health care coverage more important than ever. Her knowledge of, and experience with, Medicaid and Medicare make her well suited to meet these challenges.


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