Innovation Showcase: Strategies to Advance Diversity

November 18, 2021

Virtual | 2-4 p.m. EST

    Session Overview

    Advisory Board, in partnership with Optum, invites you to share innovative strategies you’ve used to successfully increase the diversity of your workforce to better reflect your community’s demographic makeup in clinical and leadership roles. Optum Social Responsibility will award $10,000 to the winning organization to invest in their innovation and drive their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work.

    Review the entry criteria below and click here to submit your entry.

      Not a member? You can still join us for this meeting. Register here

    Health care and DEI professionals without submissions are welcome to register to attend the showcase to learn from peers.

    Why this matters
    We know that representation in health care is crucial to improve care outcomes, decision-making, business performance, and community trust—and to ensure all employees can thrive. In recent years, health care leaders have invested more resources into creating more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces for their employees. But despite stated commitment and even clear goals, there are still significant gaps in representation across the health care industry.

    For example, up to 98% of senior management in health care organizations is white. Only 5.8% of active physicians identify as Hispanic and 5% as Black or African American. Only 34% of physicians are women. And while about 80% of the health care workforce is made up of women, only 19% of hospitals and 4% of healthcare companies are led by women. Further, women of color account for nearly 20 percent of entry-level health care jobs in the U.S. but only 5 percent of C-suite positions.

    We’re looking for health care organizations that have implemented bold solutions to improve representation of historically marginalized and underrepresented staff in clinical and leadership roles.

    Optum and Advisory Board’s commitment
    Optum is committed to advancing health equity by operating without bias from within, ensuring equity for those we serve, and advancing equity across the system.

    The Innovation Showcase: Strategies to Advance Diversity aims to advance equity across the system by highlighting exemplary efforts across the health care industry, convening leaders to learn from each other, and investing in one leading idea to support progress.

    Level of interactivity
    25 percent interactivity

    This event is primarily didactic. It may include a live chat feature, polls, and/or some live Q&A.

    Use the submission form to submit your entry

    Who should attend?

    Health care professionals of all levels are invited to submit entries to the challenge, except for Optum or UnitedHealth Group employees.

    Eligible health care organizations include hospitals and health systems, health plans, life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, and more. You do not have to be an Advisory Board member to submit an innovation.

    All submissions must include an executive sponsor (VP-level or above). Limit to two submissions per organization.

    Health care and DEI professionals without submissions are welcome to register to attend the showcase to learn from peers.

    • Who is eligible to participate?
    • What innovations are eligible?
    • What’s the timeline and process for submitting an innovation?
    • What criteria will be used to assess the submissions?
    • How will the submissions be evaluated?
    • What are the benefits of participation?
    • Who can I contact with questions?

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