As the world adapts to the many changes caused by the impact of COVID-19, the BHLI has adapted, as well.

With the health and safety of its scholars and faculty of upmost importance, the BHLI pivoted to a virtual engagement for the Scholars of its 2020 Cohort.  The BHLI developed online programming which introduced the cohort to the Institute’s mission to eliminate social economic determinants of health by cultivating a pipeline of diverse, culturally competent talent for healthcare leadership.

The 2020 Cohort read “The 1619 Project,” an essay published by The New York Times which provides an historical perspective of contributing factors to current day disparities in health. The scholars also viewed the documentary From Separate to Equal – The Creation of Truman Medical Center” which details efforts of healthcare pioneers to develop an integrated healthcare system for the Kansas City region.  Follow-up activities provided an opportunity for the scholars to consider innovative solutions to create a more equitable healthcare delivery system.