Submissions Now Open for 2024 Bernard J. Tyson National Award


Submissions Now Open for 2024 Bernard J. Tyson National Award

The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente are now accepting applications for the 2024 Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity, according to a release. This year’s application period is open through 11:59 pm CT, April 30. There is no cost to apply.

Bernard J. Tyson, the late chief executive officer and chairman of Kaiser Permanente, worked tirelessly to address the disparities that plague the US healthcare system, according to the release. Now in its fourth year, the award honors Tyson’s legacy by presenting organizations the opportunity to earn national recognition for their efforts to improve healthcare equity, as well as share best practices and lessons learned with thousands of organizations across the country.

All types of healthcare organizations that directly deliver care and have addressed disparities for any vulnerable population, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or socioeconomic status, may apply. In their application, organizations must provide data demonstrating how they have improved a disparity, according to the release. The award program will recognize a healthcare organization that led an initiative that achieved a measurable, sustained reduction in one or more disparities.

Visit the Tyson Award webpage for more information and to submit an application. The site offers several resources for applicants, including

  • application criteria;
  • application preview;
  • application tip sheet; and
  • last year’s winning application.

The 2023 recipient of the Tyson Award was the University of Chicago Medicine, recognized for its initiative Systematic Treatment and Management of Postpartum Hypertension, which improved postpartum care for women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. UChicago Medicine eliminated the disparity in postpartum follow-up visit attendance between Black and white patients and significantly improved patients’ clinical outcomes.

The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente envision a world in which all people can experience and access safe, high-quality and equitable care. Learn more about The Joint Commission’s and Kaiser Permanente’s commitments to healthcare equity.