Shaifali Ray and Karyl Kopaskie from Vizient Selected for National Leadership Program to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care


IRVING, Texas – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Vizient, Inc. announced today that Shaifali Ray, Senior Network Director, and Karyl Kopaskie, Associate Director, will participate in a one-year Executive Leadership Program designed to address racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. Ray and Kopaskie, experts in health equity strategy and implementation, are among 48 people from 21 healthcare organizations across the United States to be selected for the Leadership Program on Disparities 2021-2022. They will join a cohort of 203 other organizations that participated or are currently participating in the Disparities Leadership Program from 2007 to present.

The Disparities Leadership Program, the first of its kind in the country, is designed for leaders of hospitals, health insurance plans and other healthcare organizations looking to develop practical strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The program is led by the Disparities Solution Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, Massachusetts.

“We are delighted that Shaifali and Karyl are participating in the Disparities Leadership Program. Both are leading work at Vizient to help our members understand the health equity disparities in their communities and implement strategies to start closing the gaps, ”said Julie Cerese, Group Senior Vice President, Performance Management and National Networks. “Participating in this program will allow them to acquire additional knowledge and develop an integrated approach to support our members on their journey towards health equity. ”

Through the Disparities Leadership Program, the Disparities Solutions Center aims to create leaders ready to meet the challenges of transforming healthcare by improving quality for populations experiencing disparities. The program has three main objectives:

  • Equip healthcare leaders with a deep understanding of the causes of disparities, the vision to implement solutions and strategies to transform their organization to deliver high-value healthcare.

  • Help leaders create strategic plans or projects to advance their disparity reduction work in a personalized way, with practical benefits tailored to each organization.

  • Create a professional learning and networking environment for healthcare leaders to engage in peer learning, crowdsourcing of ideas and strategies to reduce disparities, sharing of resources, collaboration and continued support in the form of a national DLP alumni network.

“What we’ve learned from working with other healthcare organizations for over a decade is that there is a thirst for knowledge about how to implement and execute strategies to fight against racial and ethnic disparities, but also to be part of a community that can overpopulate a source of ideas, ”said Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, Director of the Center for Disparities Solutions at MGH. “Especially in the current national climate of a call to action for social justice, participating organizations are creating a powerful network of leaders who come together to support and learn from each other towards the common goal of eliminating disparities. . ”

Since its inception in 2005 as the country’s leading hospital disparities center, the MGH’s Disparities Solutions Center has been recognized as a national leader in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in care. In addition to fostering movement among leaders of 203 organizations nationally and internationally through the Disparities Leadership Program, the Disparities Solutions Center worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Office of Minority Health to design, implement and evaluate a portfolio of quality improvement programs. to reduce health disparities.

In addition, the Disparities Solution Center has partnered with hospital leaders in quality and safety at the MGH for over a decade to produce the publicly available document. Annual report on equity in the quality of health care, which stratifies hospital data by race, ethnicity, language and other factors to monitor disparities, identify areas for quality improvement, and report on the progress of initiatives to eliminate disparities.

Faculty at the Disparities Solution Center have also played an important role in the well-known efforts of Boston hospitals to eliminate disparities under the leadership of the Boston Public Health Commission. These experiences have placed the faculty of the Disparities Solution Center in a unique way to provide education for those who wish to address disparities through quality improvement.

The Disparities Leadership Program is jointly sponsored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and supported by Joint Commission Resources (JCR), an affiliate of the Joint Commission.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc. provides solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality and market performance for more than 50% of acute care providers nationwide, which includes 97% of academic medical centers in the countries and more than 20% of ambulatory care providers. Vizient provides expertise, analytical and advisory services, as well as a contract portfolio representing more than $ 110 billion in annual purchase volume, to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. In 2021, Vizient acquired Intalere, which expanded its presence to include ambulatory and rural acute care providers. Vizient has earned the title of World’s Most Ethical Company from the Ethisphere Institute every year since its inception. Based in Irving, Texas, Vizient has offices across the United States. Learn more about


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