Boris Kalanj, MSW
Director of Programs


Boris Kalanj has been with HQI since 2014 and currently serves as Director of Programs.  He leads HQI’s programming in maternal health and health disparities; and serves as the operational lead for BETA HEART, HQI’s partnership with BETA Healthcare Group on a multi-year program to guide hospitals through the process of implementing a reliable, sustainable and transparent culture of safety. 

Boris’ background includes leadership in the design and direction of patient experience programs in public and private hospital systems, and leading organizational strategies in diversity, language access, cultural competence, and care equity.  He previously worked as Director of Programs at California Health Care Safety Net Institute, Director of Cultural Care at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and a social worker at the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis. 

Boris has a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.