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Gage Awards

The 2024 Gage Awards program honors the outstanding work of America’s Essential Hospitals members.

Our Gage Awards recognize members for successful improvement projects, spreading best practices and innovative programs, and supporting our research, policy, and advocacy work by sharing stories of member successes with external audiences.



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Population Health

Gage Awards for population health recognize successful programs that aim to improve health outcomes for a defined population or community by addressing the social and economic factors that influence health.

Social determinants of health can include housing instability, food insecurity, climate vulnerability, transportation needs, utility needs, education, family and social supports, employment and income, interpersonal violence, health behaviors, health literacy, community infrastructure, legal needs, structural racism, and social needs screening.

Key population health program features may include:

  • Working outside hospital walls to care for and/or improve the health of individuals living in a specified geographic area (e.g., county, city, etc.).
  • A focus on promoting equitable health outcomes for under-resourced populations.
  • Using community-based resources to support population health.
  • Addressing social and economic factors.
  • Forming community partnerships to combat structural racism.
  • Creating a learning organization able to rapidly deploy best practices.
  • Forming community partnerships to address population health.

Highly competitive programs will be innovative; engage the community and involve patients throughout the process, from design and implementation to completion; and partner with community-based organizations to reduce health disparities, improve health equity, and/or combat structural racism in under-resourced populations.

Quality Improvement

Gage Awards for quality recognize programs that improve the delivery of care, improve patient experience, engage patients and their families, reduce staff burnout, and/or reduce or eliminate harmful events affecting individual patients or groups of patients.

Improvement programs may include the use of evidence-based interventions, standardized practices, bundles of care, and checklists. Highly competitive programs will be innovative; show leadership commitment; and engage the community and patients from design to completion to reduce health disparities, improve health equity, and/or combat structural racism in vulnerable populations.


America’s Essential Hospitals will formally honor Gage Award recipients at a luncheon on Thursday, June 20, during VITAL2024, the association’s annual conference. The association will create and play short, two-minute videos highlighting each winning project during the luncheon.

The association website and publications will highlight Gage Award recipients. Recipients often are invited to share their work in other venues, including association webinars.

Each category winner will receive a Gage Awards plaque, and all project team members will receive a certificate. Winners also will receive one complimentary registration to VITAL2024, and a $1,000 stipend to assist with travel arrangements.

Honorable Mentions will receive a Gage Awards plaque and one complimentary registration to VITAL2024, and all project team members will receive a certificate.


Gage Awards


Population Health

Parkland Health
Advancing Health Equity in Dallas County

Honorable Mention
Sinai Chicago
Community Health Worker Support Program



UK HealthCare
Building a Systemwide Culture of Quality

Honorable Mention
New York City Health + Hospitals
Care Improvement Contest Initiative

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