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About the Institute

Essential Hospitals Institute LogoEssential Hospitals Institute is the research, education, dissemination, and leadership development arm of America’s Essential Hospitals. The Institute supports the nation’s essential hospitals as they provide high-quality, equitable, and affordable care to their communities. Working with members of America’s Essential Hospitals, we identify promising practices from the field, conduct research, disseminate innovative strategies, and help our members improve their organizational performance. We do all of this with an eye toward improving individual and population health, especially for vulnerable people.

Institute Board and Staff

A 16-member board provides strategic direction and oversight for the activities of Essential Hospitals Institute. In Washington, DC, the Institute’s professional staff carries out day-to-day research, quality improvement, and leadership development work.

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Partners and Funders

Essential Hospitals Institute works with a diverse group of partners and funders. We prioritize strategic collaboration with organizations that share a similar mission and with whom we can mutually support essential health care providers and their patient populations.

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Leadership Development


Fellows at a tableFellows Program

For more than 30 years, the Fellows Program has brought essential hospitals leaders together to unflinchingly look at the enormous challenges they face and provide the tools necessary to meet those challenges. The program includes a network of more than 650 alumni, some of whom have become CEOs of essential hospitals, C-suite leaders, and national health care thought leaders.

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Essential women's leadership academy participantsEssential Women’s Leadership Academy

The Essential Women’s Leadership Academy is a 10-month leadership development program designed to build a community of confident and empowered women executives who lead essential hospitals in meeting the challenges of our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

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Essential Data: 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.

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Population Health Leadership at Essential Hospitals: A Toolkit for Hiring and Evaluating

The social determinants of health are being addressed by essential hospitals across the country. But how do they find leaders that can take charge of these initiatives? Our Essential Hospital Institute offers a new toolkit for hiring and evaluating population health leaders.

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Cost of Care Conversations Library

A new online library of guides, videos, infographics, and other tools to help essential hospitals and clinicians talk with vulnerable patients about the cost of care and to incorporate these conversations into the clinical workflow.

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Interactive Tour of Population Health at Essential Hospitals

EssentialCommunities.org provides a resource for hospitals on the journey to community-integrated health care. Learn more about how our hospitals address social and economic factors that influence health, take a virtual tour of population health programs nationwide, and share a program of your own.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

For information about the availability of auxiliary aids and services specific to our federally funded programs, please visit: https://www.medicare.gov/about-us/accessibility-nondiscrimination-notice.

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