In concert with a national call to action to eliminate disparities and achieve health equity, CHA’s early efforts to address diversity and disparities issues culminated in 2011 in the launch of the CHA Diversity Collaborative: From Intent to Impact, a multi-year, statewide endeavor to:

  • Increase diversity in hospital governance and senior management.
  • Improve cultural competence in the delivery of care.
  • Increase supplier diversity.

Collaborative teams comprising more than 150 people from 29 hospitals are engaged in periodic learning sessions and monthly team webinars to help them implement critical initiatives to better serve patients in Connecticut’s rapidly growing diverse communities. Through the Collaborative endeavor, hospital teams are working together to identify improvement strategies and interventions, share best practices, collect data, and track performance.

This initiative was developed by a special CHA Board subcommittee chaired by Sister Judy Carey, RSM, Vice President, Mission Integration at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and Kevin Myatt, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Yale New Haven Health System and Yale-New Haven Hospital.  It is now overseen by CHA’s Committee on Human Resources, chaired by Mr. Myatt.

To learn more, contact Marie Spivey, EdD, CHA’s Vice President, Health Equity at or 203-294-7379.

The CHA Diversity Collaborative marked its first anniversary on October 23, 2012, and held a day-long symposium to celebrate accomplishments and renew the push toward achieving the Collaborative’s goals: increasing diversity in hospital governance and senior management, eliminating healthcare disparities, and increasing supplier diversity.

Read more about the CHA Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium here.