Leaders in Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Collaborative

Welcome to the LEAD (Leading Equity and Diversity) Collaborative!

The LEAD Collaborative is an initiative spearheaded by AARP, Meritus Health, Luminis Health, the Maryland Hospital Association, and Advancing Synergy that has assembled a diverse group of 31 regional organizations with the intent to mitigate health disparities disproportionately affecting diverse and aging populations. The LEAD Collaborative has actively formed a network of organizations striving for swift, measurable change, with each participating organization having crafted aim statements specifically tailored to address their most pressing priorities in health equity and diversity. With such a talented, committed group of coaches and participants, it is not a matter of if we make change, but when!

Inherent to being a Collaborative, the 31 participating organizations are encouraged to share best-practices. After all, this is not a competition; it’s cooperation! In addition to organizations sharing amongst themselves, our LEAD Core Team has put together a talented panel of experts in the field of health equity and diversity to host best-practice webinars over the course of the Collaborative.

Lead Organizations

Learn more about LEAD from our participants in the video links below:

Learn more about LEAD sessions



September 12, 2023

Learning Session: 

Having been hard at work over the summer months, LEAD Collaborative regional partners converged for their third in-person learning session on the Meritus Health campus. Serving as the final in-person session of the LEAD Collaborative, it is time to shift focus from small, incremental change to prolonged sustainability. With best practice sharing from our esteemed guest speaker Jean Accius of Creating Healthier Communities, we hope to instill attitudes and behaviors to promote long-term sustainability of results. Closing with a peer consulting exercise, our participants left with differing perspectives on issues/barriers that they may have faced over the span of the LEAD Collaborative. While serving as the last in-person session, the sustainability of results has just begun! Review session materials here

Organizational Poster Board Displays:

Meritus Health Poster

As the collaboration's participating organizations enact their improvement projects, they are sharing project updates.  To view the organization's improvement project overview poster boards, click here


Dr. Maulik Joshi, President & CEO, Meritus Health

Ms. Deneen Richmond, President of Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center & Luminis Health Chief Quality and Population Health Officer

Dr. Arti Varanasi, President & CEO, Advancing Synergy

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