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The Quest for Health Equity

Our two-day virtual event will showcase the barriers to health equity and highlight those organizations working towards improving it; payers, providers, state government organizations and much more. WEDI will offer a look at data-centric solutions that have emerged to support and encourage health equity.

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Tuesday, February 23rd

The Call to Advance Health Equity

Time: 11:00am- 11:30am EST

Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association

A Roadmap for Reducing Health Disparities

Time: 11:30am- 12:00pm EST

Digital Health Equity as a Necessity

Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm EST

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, Dr. David Bates, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School


Making the Case to Address Health Equity

Time: 1:15pm- 1:45pm EST

Priya Bathija, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, American Hospital Association

Incorporating Health Equity into Value Based Care

Time: 1:45pm – 2:15pm EST

Tomi Ojo and Parsa Erfani, Harvard Medical School

Locate and Access; How UCSF’s Population Health Data Initiative is Helping to Collect and Storing Data Elements for Health Equity

Time: 2:15pm- 3:00pm EST

Dr. Courtney Lyles, Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF

Establishing and Building Community Trust

Time: 3:00pm- 3:30pm EST

Jaffer Traish, Chief Operating Officer, Aunt Bertha

Wednesday, February 24th

Day 2 Keynote

Time: 11:00am- 11:30am EST

George Halvorson, Chair, CEO Institute for InterGroup Understanding

CMS Health Equity Initiatives

Time: 11:30am- 12:15pm EST

CMS Office of Minority Health:

  • Meagan Khau, Director of the Data and Policy Analytics Group
  • Tenly Biggs, Public Health Analyst
  • Dr. Jessica Maksut, Public Health Advisor

Operationalizing Equity by Leveraging Quality and Safety American Medical Association

Time: 12:15pm- 12:45pm EST

Dr. Karthik Sivashanker, Vice President of Equitable Health Systems and Innovation
Seth Blumenthal, Director, Clinical Review Group, Integrated Health Model Initiative

Gravity Project Updates

Time: 1:15pm- 1:45pm EST

Evelyn Gallego, Program Manager, Gravity Project
CEO, EMI Advisors LLC

Lighting a “FHIR” under Health Inequalities (IG Review)

Time: 1:45pm- 2:15pm EST

Robert Dieterle, Technical Director, the Gravity Project
CEO, Enable Care LLC

Viewing Emerging Trends in Healthcare Through the Lens of Equity

Time: 2:15pm- 2:45pm EST

Dr Sara Murray, Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Inpatient Care and Data Science, UCSF Health
Sana Sweis, Director of Analytics Strategy, UCSF

Advancing Opportunities & Overcoming Challenges; SHIEC’s Focus on SDOH Data

Time: 2:45pm- 3:30pm EST

SHIEC’s Social Determinants of Health Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Waldo Mikels-Carrasco, Indiana Health Information Exchange
  • Jennifer Faries, MyHealth Access

Health Equity Leadership Roundtable and Town Hall
Moderated by Nancy Spector, WEDI Chair, Coding and HIT Advocacy Director, American Medical Association

Time: 3:30 - 4:15pm EST

  • Dr. Deborah Duran, Senior Advisor- Data Science, Analytics and Systems, NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Melissa Kotrys, Chief Executive Officer, Health Current, Board Chair, Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative
  • Kenyetta Jackson, Health Equity Manager, Health Solutions, American Medical Association
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