VP, Health Equity

Location: Cambridge, MA
Job ID: 171935-1A
Date Posted: Nov 3, 2021
Category: Professional

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Beth Israel Lahey Health. We are a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.  

About the Job

The BILH Vice-President (VP) of Health Equity is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan toward achieving BILH system goals and priorities for health equity. The VP will collaborate with a wide-range of internal and external stakeholders to develop a portfolio of solutions to help meet system and hospital-level goals to reduce health disparities, structural barriers to health and to improve outcomes for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and other underrepresented communities.

As a direct report of the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO), the VP works independently and in close partnership with the BILH Chief Medical Officer, other physician and staff leadership and chairs the internal Quality Health Equity Committee (QHEC). QHEC steers the BILH health equity agenda to achieve long-term goals to eradicate disparities in health outcomes within BILH’s diverse population of patients and the communities served. QHEC membership is comprised of representatives from the BILH performance network, population health, performance measurement, community benefits, community relations, strategy office, clinical leaders from academic centers and community hospitals, behavioral health services, primary care, nursing, general counsel and ethics, and the patients & family advisory council.

In addition, the VP works in close partnership with the new Center for Health Equity Research and its leader, who will have a professorial appointment at Harvard Medical School and BIDMC, to advance research in health disparities and improve healthcare equity by integrating the Center’s research into BILH’s population health strategies and in collaboration with the community.

The VP plays a leadership role in establishing strategic direction and integration across a large and highly complex system of academic, teaching and community hospitals, primary care, specialty care and behavioral health providers, responsible for successful prioritization, design and execution of system improvements and programs that achieve BILH’s health equity objectives. The role requires an extraordinary ability to collaborate with internal and external leaders, entities, departments and teams, leading through influence to accomplish a broad array of advancements that will promote and build research and interventions to achieve greater health equity throughout the system. In close collaboration with the Patient & Families Advisory Committee and the Community Benefits/ Community Relations team, the VP develops strategies to include the patient and community voice in the design of health equity interventions.

The VP has direct management oversight for the health equity staff, including but not limited to a health equity consultant and with support from the Office of the CDEIO staff. The VP will collaborate with various departments, through the QHEC committee, to guide prioritization and secure additional resources to conduct analyses and implement health equity interventions.

The ideal candidate has at least 10 years of experience implementing transformational change in large, complex medical organizations. A clinical (medical degree) or public health background, with advanced health disparity analytical experience is preferred. The ideal candidate has proven leadership skills, directly and indirectly managing staff. Experience in population health and health care administration are also critical desired skills.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Functions as the enterprise thought leader in all health equity areas related to BILH patients, members, and communities it serves.

  • Coordinates enhancing capabilities for patient access and experience (e.g., language access, gender affirming services, telehealth, etc.).

  • Coordinates system social determinants of health strategy and execution.

  • Oversees implementation of health equity priorities, data standards, disparity analysis, interventions, and outcomes measurement.

  • Serves as external leader to advance health equity. Informs and influences external and internal audiences on critical health equity issues.

  • Collaborates with the VP of Community Benefits/ Community Relations to drive strong relationships with communities, health centers and external organizations focused on health equity. Working with the VP of Community Benefits/ Community Relations, the VP engages the community to design, prioritize and drive health equity strategies. · Collaborates with the Community Benefits/ Community Relations team to identify and share emergent issues of equity within the health system, locally and nationally as it affects healthcare quality and access for underrepresented communities.


Education (Minimum):

  • Bachelor Degree with relevant experience in health equity

Education (Preferred) 

  • Medical Degree

  • Master in Public Health

  • Master in Health Care Administration

  • Master in Business Administration

Licensure, Certification & Registration:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certification (desired)


  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in the field of health equity and 5 years of leadership and management experience.

  • Experience working in large, highly complex organizations, preferably provider systems.

  • Experience leading large transformation initiatives, with strong program management and consulting expertise.

  • Experience in effectively leading programs that advance improved clinical and population health outcomes.

  • Expert in statistical models in the healthcare setting, such as clinical informatics or heath care disparity research and analysis.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of policy related to the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) at the local and national level.

  • Skilled as a change agent who can quickly understand current state and is capable of paving new ways to achieve non-traditional results through innovation, transformation and calculated risk-taking.

  • Ability to utilize passion and experience regarding health inequities in an effective manner that inspires others to actively participate in change efforts.

  • Drives results by helping shape organizational goals and establishes infrastructure to track progress across the sum of many parts of a large system.

  • Collaborates through high degree of emotional intelligence and ability to build partnerships and influence others through motivational empowerment.

  • Demonstrates strong communication skills and executive presence, possessing outstanding oral and written communication skills.

  • Sets goals and objectives, holding self and team accountable, with ability to delegate effectively.

  • Makes timely decisions and recommendations to leadership, using facts and good judgement.

  • Demonstrates proactiveness and confidence by anticipating and addressing issues with a sense of urgency.

Dept/Unit Specific Skills:

  • Health equity research and analysis

  • Population health


About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.