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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals dedicated to equitable, high-quality care for all, including those who face social and financial barriers to care. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has advanced policies and programs that promote health, health care access, and equity. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, education, and leadership development. Communities depend on essential hospitals for care across the continuum, health care workforce training, research, public health and health equity, and other services. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead all of health care toward better outcomes and value.

Mission and Service

America’s Essential Hospitals has a rich history and long record of accomplishments on behalf of its members. Since its inception, America’s Essential Hospitals has been universally recognized for its expertise on issues affecting care for the nation’s most vulnerable patients. This deep knowledge revolves around not only the organization’s ardent advocacy, but also its contributions toward research on issues essential hospitals face and the practical application of that research in areas such as quality improvement.

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Meet the dedicated leadership of America’s Essential Hospitals. They share a unique blend of knowledge, expertise, and commitment to preserving and protecting those hospitals that provide the highest quality care to all who come through their doors — our nation’s essential hospitals.

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Boards and Committees

America’s Essential Hospitals is governed by a board of directors that represents the geographic and organizational diversity of the association’s overall membership. The board, which consists of 15 to 20 members, provides overall strategic direction and oversight for the association.

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Join Us

As a member of America’s Essential Hospitals, you have access to benefits and services tailored to hospitals with a mission of caring for vulnerable people and communities. You also share an influential voice with hospitals like yours to advocate and win support for essential hospitals and their patients.

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Our Strategic Plan

Structural Racism Principles

Structural racism—the normalization and legitimization of historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal dynamics that routinely advantage white people while producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color—is a barrier to health. We are committed to acknowledging and combating the deeply entrenched and historical racism that affects the health and well-being of people in the communities our members serve. As policymakers consider the links between structural racism and health and health care, we urge them to consider these policy principles.

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Members of America’s Essential Hospitals enjoy access to Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) quality improvement education and the IHI Open School through tuition-only scholarships from the Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Endowment.

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Partner with Us

There has never been a better time for your company to become more involved with America’s Essential Hospitals. A quickly changing health care landscape demands strong relationships with existing partners, contact with prospective customers, and timely industry information.

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