Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Resources

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Resources

The following AHA and SHSMD resources provide strategies for advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) within your organizations and demonstrating a commitment to DEIB within the communities you serve. If you have additional resources to share, please send them to shsmd@aha.org.


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SHSMD's Ongoing Commitment to Supporting Black Professionals' Success 
SHSMD is committed to amplifying Black voices and fostering meaningful engagement throughout the year, not just in February. I’m proud to work alongside an organization actively supporting and investing in the professional development and success of its Black members in the digital engagement, communications, strategic planning, and business development fields. Through targeted initiatives, mentorship programs, and strategic partnerships, we are actively working to dismantle barriers and empower Black professionals to thrive. Let’s join hands, not just this month but every month, to create a future where equality is not just an aspiration, but a lived reality. 
Shavonne Hopes

—  Shavonne Hopes
Manager of SHSMD Member Engagement

Empower Through Stories: Share Your Black History Month Celebrations

Celebrate & Inspire! Share how your team honors Black History Month through social media, internal stories, or blogs. Your experiences can spark change and inspire others. Submit your stories to us, and let SHSMD amplify your impactful initiatives. Join our collective effort to honor and celebrate Black History!

Share Your Story with SHSMD

Go Beyond Celebration: Make Black History Month Meaningful

This Black History Month, SHSMD invites your team to engage meaningfully and continuously. This concise guide provides practical ways to get involved, from DEI training to supporting Black-owned businesses. It's an opportunity to learn, celebrate, and act together. Let’s turn awareness into ongoing commitment. Ready to inspire your team and make a lasting impact? 

Download Our Guide

SHSMD Student and Diversity Enrichment Program


SHSMD offers a free year of membership and educational opportunities to attend the SHSMD in-person or virtual conferences for students currently working on a degree in health care administration, business management, marketing, communications, and/or public relations.

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Health Equity Resources

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AHA’s HEAL is a dynamic collection of tools and resources focusing on practical, how-to solutions to help hospitals and health systems of all sizes build more inclusive and equitable communities.

Use HEAL to better understand opportunities, challenges and strategies to begin or advance your health equity journey. Resources focus on six key areas:

For more information on AHA initiatives to help create more equitable health ecosystems and communities, visit the Health Equity Roadmap.

AHA’s DEI Benchmark Survey Results

Stay informed with the latest findings from AHA's DEI Benchmark Survey and make use of the comprehensive toolkit to enrich your strategies. 

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DEIB Presentations, Podcasts and Webinars

Discover a wealth of diversity content in SHSMD Podcasts, SHSMD Spectrum articles, and our Resource Library. Just search for your topics of interest. Don't miss our SHSMD Connections Conference for the latest DEIB insights in the health care strategy realm.

Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are not just educational institutions; they're leadership factories. Take, for example, Vice President Kamala Harris. For African-Americans seeking a rich understanding of black history, robust alumni networks, and intimate learning environments, HBCUs are a top choice. BestColleges.com offers resources on choosing the right HBCU, the top 25 HBCUs, and more. 

Explore Best HBCUs


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Join us at the AHA 2024 Accelerating Health Equity Conference from May 7-9, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. It's more than a conference; it's a movement. Gain insights from health equity leaders, participate in resource-rich breakout sessions, and engage in interactive workshops. Let's advance health and well-being together. 

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