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New Program Aims to Boost Female Health Care Leaders

America’s Essential Hospitals has extended its equity work with a new Essential Women’s Leadership Academy, which aims to close the gender gap in executive-level positions at essential hospitals.

The Academy, administered by the association’s Essential Hospitals Institute, is designed to enhance the executive competencies of female hospital leaders and boost promotions among this group.

The association based its decision to establish the Academy partly on a literature review that showed women are significantly under-represented in executive-level health care positions. We also found that while hospitals and other organizations do try to address the gender gap, this often occurs on a small scale. A clear opportunity existed for a program with broader scope.

This new program, which will select participants through a closed application process, seeks to build a community of confident and empowered female executives who can lead essential hospitals as they work to improve care for vulnerable people. The Academy will promote established strategies for advancing women’s careers, including those identified by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership:

  • mentorship and sponsorship
  • assessments and coaching
  • leadership training programs
  • peer support groups

For more information about the Essential Women’s Leadership Academy, contact Josel Fritz, Education Program manager, at or 202.585.0105.


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