AAHC Sullivan Alliance

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The AAHC Sullivan Alliance aims to strengthen the capacity and quality of the nation’s health workforce by increasing the numbers of ethnic and racial minorities in every area of healthcare and across all aspects of academic health centers.

Objectives of the AAHC Sullivan Alliance

  • An annual Sullivan Lecture to be held at the AAHC Annual Meeting
  • Engagement with other associations around diversity, equity, and inclusion in the health professions, health sciences, and healthcare
  • Meetings (or tracks in existing meetings) to bring together leaders of pipeline programs across the health professions and encourage the development of new pipeline programs
  • New ideas around diversity, equity, and inclusion by bringing together thought leaders in these areas with top leaders of academic health centers

In Memoriam
Jay Gershen, PhD, DDS

The AAHC community is saddened by the loss of Dr. Jay Gershen, member of the AAHC Sullivan Alliance Advisory Committee and former member of the AAHC Board. AAHC extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the Gershen family.

"We are grateful for his contributions to the academic health community. So many of us have benefitted from Jay’s wisdom and sage advice, and his dedication and energy were second to none."

Steven L. Kanter, MD - AAHC President and CEO

"As members of the Sullivan Alliance, we all benefitted from Jay’s commitment, his ideas, his enthusiasm and his sound judgement."

Louis W. Sullivan, MD - President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine | Former Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Visit the Sullivan Alliance Legacy Site.

Under the leadership of Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions was originally organized in January 2005 to act on the reports and recommendations of the Sullivan Commission and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce.

The Sullivan Alliance was formally passed on to become a central program of AAHC in January 2020.

Visit the Sullivan Alliance Legacy Site.

Louis W. Sullivan, MD
President Emeritus
Morehouse School of Medicine
Former Secretary
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, 1989-1993

Jay Gershen, PhD, DDS
President Emeritus
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Greer Glazer, RN, CNP, PhD, FAAN
University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
Associate Vice President for Health Affairs
University of Cincinnati

Sonja Harris-Haywood, MD
Associate Dean, College of Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Ronny B. Lancaster, Esquire
Former Senior Vice President of Government Relations
Assurant, Inc.

Ricardo Martinez, M.D., FACEP
Chief Medical Officer
Adeptus Health

Marc A. Nivet, EdD, MBA
Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Wayne J. Riley, MD, MBA, MPH, MACP
Downstate Health Sciences University

Jeanne Sinkford, DDS, PhD
Former Professor and Dean Emeritus
Howard University College of Dentistry
Former Senior Scholar-in-Residence
American Dental Education Association

Steven L. Kanter, MD – Ex-Officio Member
President and CEO
Association of Academic Health Centers

Valerie Williams, PhD – Ex-Officio Member
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

2020 AAHC Annual Meeting Sullivan Alliance Lecture

The 2020 AAHC Sullivan Alliance Lecture was delivered during the opening session at the 2020 Annual Meeting. Louis W. Sullivan, MD, the lecture's namesake and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and president emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine, provided valuable insight on healthcare delivery in the latter part of the 20th century and the historical barriers for underrepresented minorities in healthcare. Dr. Sullivan highlighted current events that reveal the urgent need for more progress in racial and gender diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare.