Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Health Care


As the demographics in Iowa continue changing, there is a growing need to understand diversity, equity and inclusion and its intersection with health care. Health care organizations that support diversity, inclusion and competence training can positively impact patient experience and employee engagement. Further, hospitals developing sustainable strategies and engaging community stakeholders can address health disparities and improve the overall health of the community. This IHA certificate program, now in its second offering, is provided in partnership with Schabel Solutions.

To earn the IHA DEI Certificate, individuals must participate in and complete all five workshops. Successful completion of IHA’s Certificate Program: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Health Care is not a national DEI certification.

This certificate program consists of e-learning modules and four-hour live sessions. The e-learning modules will convey content, and live sessions will recap this content and focus on discussions and applications of knowledge and skills.

2023 program brochure



Claudia Schabel is founder, president and CEO of Schabel Solutions. The firm, Schabel Solutions, has more than 30 years of DEI and human resources practitioner experience, largely with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. As a diversity and inclusion strategic partner, Schabel Solutions combines DEI expertise with significant international experience and multicultural backgrounds to help organizations normalize inclusive behaviors, operationalize equity and build the skills, confidence and plans needed to achieve and sustain successful workforces, workplaces and marketplace outcomes.


Tuesday, Aug. 8
Understanding the DEI Journey

This session will focus on describing DEI vocabulary to participants, detailing the stages of the DEI journey and how health care organizations can move forward with DEI initiatives that create an impact.

Thursday, Sept. 21
Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
This session will explore unconscious bias, the impact biases have on decision-making and how health care organizations can mitigate their biases to improve health care and organizational performance.


Monday, Oct. 23
Beyond Diversity: The Business Case for Inclusion
This session focuses on how the performance of health care organizations is linked to the effectiveness of their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The session will explore how DEI aligns with a health care organizations’ strategic objectives.


Monday, Nov. 6
Leading Diverse Teams
This session will focus on describing the six traits of inclusive health care leadership, which make up the behaviors and skills required for effectively leading increasingly diverse health care teams and workforces.


Tuesday, Dec. 5
Allyship in the Workplace
This session will describe what allyship is, the crucial role it plays in sustaining an inclusive health care workplace culture and actions allies can take to support others in the workplace.


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