2023 Health Equity Summit
Achieving Equity in an Evolving Healthcare System

January 23-24, 2023 * Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina * San Diego, CA

2023 Health Equity Summit








About the Conference:

For decades, disparities in healthcare have been well documented in the U.S. and regrettably, remain prevalent despite evidence and appeals for their elimination. Compared to the majority, racial and ethnic minorities continue to have poorer health status and health outcomes for most chronic conditions. Many factors, such as affordability, accessibility and diversity in the healthcare system influence care and outcomes, creating challenges that make the task of eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity daunting and elusive. Novel strategies are needed to bring about much needed change to the complex and evolving healthcare system.

Over the past several decades, diversity in the U.S. population has increased significantly and is expected to increase exponentially in the near future. As the population becomes more diverse, it is important to recognize the possibilities of new and emerging disparities. It is imperative that steps are taken to eliminate the current gap in care and prevent new disparities from developing. This conference will present challenges and offer recommendations for facilitating the process of eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity across diverse populations. Topics to be discussed will include launching a health equity strategy, social determinants of health, digital health equity, community partnerships, population health management strategies, the healthcare supply chain, policy and more.


Who Should Attend?
From Hospitals/Health Plans/Health Systems/Community Centers/Public Health/Gov’t Legislators:

  • Healthcare Leaders
  • State Dept. Heads
  • Medical Directors
  • Business/Financial Leaders
  • Equity/Inclusion/Diversity
  • Legislators
  • Public Health Leaders
  • Policy/Law/Enforcement
  • Diversity Officers
  • Health Equity & Community Health
  • Health Policy
  • Population Health
  • Community Leaders
  • Researchers
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Project Directors

Also of Interest to Vendors/Consultants/Service Providers

Conference Agenda

Day One - Monday, January 23, 2023
7:15am – 8:00am

Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast


8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


8:15am – 9:00am

Launching a Health Equity Strategy

Healthcare organizations and systems have tremendous potential to directly influence numerous underlying societal inequities that contribute to health disparities and poor health. This session will present an overview of a framework to help guide leaders in improving health equity by making it a system-level priority for their organization.


9:00am – 9:45am

The Role of Social Determinants of Health in Improving Health Equity

Efforts to improve health in the U.S. have traditionally looked to the healthcare system as the key driver of health and health outcomes. However, there has been increased recognition that improving health and achieving health equity will require broader approaches that address social, economic and environmental factors that influence health. This session will provide an overview of these social determinants of health and discusses emerging initiatives to address them.


9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break


10:15am – 11:00am

Ways to Improve Digital Health Equity

Digital solutions, including remote patient monitoring, mobile health apps, and telehealth visits can facilitate continuous communication between expecting and new moms and their care teams. They also can provide a sense of comfort and security, which is much needed during this period of life. As hospitals and health systems increase their use of technology, it’s important to remember that not all patients have access to digital solutions. There are many barriers to access. This session will explore ways to improve digital health equity, including:

  • Applying a health equity lens and being intentionally inclusive
  • Leveraging simpler and more cost effective approaches
  • Engaging diverse patients to improve digital health literacy and individualized care


11:00am – 11:45am

Community Partnership Strategies for Accelerating Health Equity

Effective community partnerships are essential for health equity. Many different stakeholders can lead or participate in championing health equity by making it a shared vision and value, increasing the community’s capacity to shape outcomes, and fostering multi-sector collaboration. Partners can include organizations with a health mission, such as public health agencies, hospitals, or federally qualified health centers. In some communities these traditional partners are joined by public- and private-sector partners, including community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses (from Fortune 1,000 to small employers), the education sector and academia, philanthropy, housing, justice, planning and land use, public safety, and transportation agencies. This session will explore all this and more when it comes to partnering to advance health equity.


11:45am – 12:30pm

Keys To Integrating Health Equity into Health Plans

America’s health plans assume the risk for millions of Americans and are responsible for the health of most Americans. In a healthcare delivery system that is highly fragmented, health plans are uniquely positioned to coordinate whole-person care across the lifespan. These organizations are also poised to lead efforts in health equity that will address the systemic and structural factors that have perpetuated health inequities for too long. To succeed in achieving health equity in these companies, it is crucial that investments in health equity leadership be made, at the highest level, and that health equity is weaved into the organizational fabric, strategic plan, and business goals of every health plan. What, then, should we expect to see if health equity leadership is prioritized and realized in our nation’s health plans? How can leadership in this space apply a health equity lens that is sustainable and scalable? This session will explore keys to integrating health equity into health plans.


12:30pm – 1:30pm



1:30pm – 2:15pm

Leveraging Information Technology to Address Health Disparities

Disparities in healthcare delivery and health outcomes present distressing challenges to underserved populations, who often experience a greater burden of chronic diseases and are more likely to show signs of poor disease management. Health information technology tools may serve a vital role in reducing such disparities in the clinical care setting. This session will explore the potential application of health IT in reducing disparities by increasing access to care, improving quality of healthcare and by promoting better patient-clinician communication


2:15pm – 3:15pm

Panel: Population Health Management Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities

This session will explore efforts to increase access to healthcare and improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations by enhancing community partnerships with entities from diverse geographic areas, groups needing or offering particular healthcare services, and professional organizations. Topics to be discussed will include leveraging community partnerships and stakeholder collaboration to achieve health equity and enhance population health, and promoting health and disease prevention across populations, providers, and communities.


3:15pm – 3:45pm

Networking & Refreshments Break


3:45pm – 4:30pm

How States Can Address Health Equity and Disparities

Many states are transforming their healthcare delivery systems to improve health and control costs. Reducing health disparities — and addressing their social and economic causes — is at the heart of many of these efforts. Despite its high price tag, the majority of healthcare spending ignores critical determinants of health, including social and economic factors, the environment, and health behaviors. By increasing health equity, states can achieve improved, long-term health outcomes. This session will explore efforts that states can take to achieve health equity, improve care, and prioritize social determinants of health.


4:30pm – 5:15pm

Promoting Health Equity through Primary Care

Despite overall improvements in population health, health inequity remains a serious challenge worldwide. Primary care is particularly well placed to support health equity, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it has population coverage, with most patients being registered with a general practitioner. Secondly, it has direct contact with patients. Most patients will see their primary care physician as the first point of contact with the health service, and patients are not discharged from their primary care physician, unlike secondary care services. Thirdly, primary care has the potential for continuity, through serial encounters with known healthcare providers. Finally, primary care offers comprehensive coordination of generalist care to patients in their own environment, allowing the doctor to become an expert generalist with a good understanding of the social context in which their patients live. This session will address social determinants of health at practice level and setting health equity-focused primary care standards.



End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday, January 24, 2023
7:15am – 8:00am

Networking Breakfast


8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Remarks


8:15am – 9:00am

How the Supply Chain Meets the Demand for Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic heightened the world’s awareness of the strategic importance of the healthcare supply chain, perhaps more than any other event in history. Just as supply chain professionals collaborate today with clinicians to identify the best products to use in clinical care, so, too, can supply chain work with public health experts and community resources to optimize population health and minimize health disparities. This session will explore key determinants for resilient healthcare supply chains, and how how organizational commitment and wise spending can ensure healthcare supply chain resilience.


9:00am – 9:45am

Applying an Equity Lens to Quality and Safety Initiatives

This session will explore how restoring psychological safety among their staff affects now just how healthcare is delivered, but how it feels to deliver that care. Hear about recent transformation efforts, including ensuring a culture of safety, wellness, activating employees to lead change, and applying an equity lens to everything they do.


9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break


10:15am – 11:00am

Big Data Analytics and the Struggle for Healthcare Equity

The potential impact of big data in healthcare innovation cannot be ignored. The technology-mediated transformative potential of big data is taking place within the context of historical inequities in healthcare. Although big data analytics, properly applied, hold great potential to target inequities and reduce disparities, the realization of this potential requires us to explicitly address concerns of fairness, equity and transparency in the development of big data tools. This session will explore the issue of health disparities as it relates to big data.


11:00am – 11:45am

Ensuring Health Equity for LGBT Patients

The LGBT community is diverse. While L, G, B and T are usually tied together as an acronym that suggests homogeneity, each letter represents a wide range of people of different races, ethnicities, ages, socioeconomic status and identities. What binds them together as social and gender minorities are common experiences of stigma and discrimination, the struggle of living at the intersection of many cultural backgrounds and trying to be a part of each, and, specifically with respect to health are, a long history of discrimination and lack of awareness of health needs by health professionals. As a result, LGBT people face a common set of challenges in accessing culturally competent healthcare services and achieving the highest possible level of care. This session will explore LGBT concepts, terminology and demographics; discuss health disparities affecting LGBT groups; and outline steps clinicians and health care organizations can take to provide access to patient-centered care for their LGBT patients.


11:45am – 12:30pm

Policy Approaches to Advancing Health Equity

Public health policy approaches have demonstrated measurable improvements in population health. Yet, one-size-fits-all approaches do not necessarily impact all populations equally and, in some cases, can widen existing disparities. It has been argued that interventions, including policy interventions, can have the greatest impact when they target the social determinants of health. This session will explore how selected current policies and policy areas that have a health equity orientation are being used with the aim of reducing health disparities and to illustrate contemporary approaches that can be applied broadly to a variety of program areas to advance health equity.



Conference Concludes

Workshop - Tuesday, January 24, 2023
12:45pm – 2:45pm

Workshop: Leadership Development to Advance Health Equity

Enduring questions about equity are front and center in healthcare and public health. Inequities that became evident in the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted long-standing disparities in health by race and ethnicity. Current crises require examining and reorienting the systems that have, for decades, produced these health inequities; yet, public health and healthcare leaders are inadequately prepared to respond. This session will explore an equity-centered leadership framework to support the development of visionary leaders for tomorrow. This framework for leadership development programs interweaves traditional leadership and equity, diversity and inclusion domains in both conceptual knowledge and skills-based teaching for healthcare and public health leaders, grouping competencies and skills into four domains: personal, interpersonal, organizational, and community and systems. A framework such as this will equip leaders with the mindset and skillset to challenge the paradigms that lead to inequity and health disparities.

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

** Mention BRI Network for a discounted rate of $279/night **

Sponsors and Exhibitors


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Are there group discounts available?

  • Yes – Register a group of 3 or more at the same time and receive an additional 10% off the registration fee

Are there discounts for Non-Profit/Government Organizations?

  • Yes – please call us at 800-743-8490 for special pricing

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $225. Cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

Can the registration be transferred to a colleague?

  • Yes – please email us in writing at info@brinetwork.com with the colleague’s name and title

Where can I find information on the venue/accommodations?

  • Along with your registration receipt you will receive information on how to make your hotel reservations. You can also visit individual event page for specific hotel information. The conference fee does not include the cost of accommodations.

What is the suggested dress code?

  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket
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