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Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity

About

Bernard J. Tyson, the late chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente, worked tirelessly to address the health care disparities that plague the U.S. health care system. To honor his memory, The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente established The Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity. This annual award recognizes health care organizations that directly deliver health care and their partners that led initiatives that achieved a measurable, sustained reduction in one or more health care disparities. 

2022 Application Period Open – Deadline Extended to July 14

The 2022 Tyson Award application period has been extended to July 14. Access the online 2022 Tyson Award application page here. The application period will close July 14 (11:59 PM Central Time). See below for resources to assist you to prepare your application.

Resources to Prepare 2022 Applications

The below documents will assist organizations that are compiling and writing their 2022 Tyson Award applications.

Previous Award Recipients

The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente wish to inspire organizations to implement healthcare equity improvement efforts and sharing details of previous efforts can help others to recognize potential improvements they can champion in their own organizations. We wish to recognize previous recipients and applicants for their impressive work to reduce healthcare disparities.

Award Ceremony

An online award ceremony was held on November 19, 2021 to recognize the UMass Memorial Health team for their initiative that received the inaugural award. To view the recording of this award ceremony, click the button below.

Review Panel

A diverse panel of national healthcare equity experts has been assembled to review the submitted Tyson Award applications and select the award recipient.

Questions?

Questions about the Tyson Award program can be submitted by email: