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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 have come together to establish The Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity. This annual award will recognize health care organizations and their partners that led initiatives that achieved a measurable, sustained reduction in one or more health care disparities.

Now Accepting Applications
The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente are excited to launch the application for the 2021 Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity. The application period opened May 17, 2021, and the deadline has been extended to August 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. CT, from the initial deadline of July 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Once on the application site, to start an application, applicants will need to click “Register” to become a user on the site. The site will prompt to enter name and email address. After confirming your email address via a link sent in an automated email, you will be taken directly into the application form.

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Who should apply?
All types of health care organizations that directly deliver health care are encouraged to apply, and the applicant can have addressed disparities for any vulnerable population, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente hope that the award will recognize achievement, inspire organizations to launch projects to address health care disparities, and provide concrete examples for others to emulate.

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that describe the implementation of a well-defined intervention and that resulted in a measurable, sustained reduction in disparities. Applications that do not report measurable improvements will not be considered. 

What questions are on the application?
Applicants are encouraged to start their submission early. This document contains the application questions.

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Additional Information about the Application Process
The below documents are offered to assist organizations to develop and submit their applications.

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Review Panel - Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity
A diverse panel of national healthcare equity experts has been assembled to review the submitted applications and select the award recipient.

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