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Kate Hilton, JD, MTS

Leadership Learning Lead

In addition to leading the AFHE Leadership In-Person Training and Online Curriculum, Kate Hilton is Leadership Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the American Health Care Association (ACHA). For over a decade, Kate has taught and coached people around the globe to build individual and organizational capability to address the adaptive, human-side of change. She has authored white papers and peer-reviewed articles on the subject, such as IHI’s Psychology of Change Framework

Kate supports the design and implementation of multi-year large-scale community and health system improvement initiatives with partners such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Health Service of England. She contributes to the global IHI Fellows community and as a keynote speaker on topics such as leadership, joy in work, and health equity in Brazil, the UK, Qatar, Canada, Australia, and other regions across the world. 

Kate coaches large-scale change efforts in the use of collaborative approaches, such as IHI’s Age-Friendly Health Systems, 100 Million Healthier Lives, Improving Population Health, and Joy in Work Results-Oriented Learning Networks. She accompanies stakeholders across the spectrum: from U.S. state health departments tackling racial inequity to UK health systems focused on staff wellbeing to the community-based co-production of a Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Kate is a Founding Director of ReThink Health and Faculty at the American Health Care Association, where she leads a trust-building course funded by the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, Kate is faculty in the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows and Management and Leadership Development Programs of Dartmouth College, and a Principal in Practice of the Leading Change Network, where she collaborates on curriculum development with long-time mentor, friend and colleague, Marshall Ganz, whose online organizing course Kate co-designed and led at Harvard in 2009-10. 

Kate earned an undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, a Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with her husband and two sons.

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