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

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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

Michael Griffiths, DProf, DMS, CRT, FRSM, FCMI
Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director
Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc. (AOTI)
Chairman of the Board
International Bipolar Foundation

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. In this session we will provide a framework to help guide leaders in improving health equity by making it a system-level priority for their organization, and present key tactics for successful deployment of a health equity strategy.

Michelle Y. Williams, PhD, RN
Executive Director, Patient Care Research & Health Equity
Clinical Assistant Professor, Primary Care Population Health, Department of Medicine
President & Founder, Stanford Medicine Black Nurses Association Chapter of the NBNA
Stanford Medicine: Stanford Health Care
Stanford University School of Medicine 

9:00am – 9:45am
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.

U. Michael Currie, MPH, MBA
Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer
UnitedHealth Group 

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

Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD
Department of Family Medicine
Vice Chair of Primary Care Innovation and Transformation
Boston Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University Medical School
Fellow
BU Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy 

11:00am – 11:45am
Maternal Child Health Equity Initiative
Blue Shield of California plans to share our findings, successes, and challenges from the Maternal Child Health Equity Initiative, and our plans to continue these efforts in the future. Blue Shield has developed a portfolio of programs to address racial health inequities with cross-functional partners, community-based organizations, and providers. Given the known inequities in Black Maternal Child Health, where Black babies are still four times more likely to die prematurely than their White counterparts, Blue Shield began its health equity efforts to reduce these unacceptable gaps. The Maternal Child Health Equity Initiative involves a doula initiative in which Black/African American mothers in Sacramento and Los Angeles, regardless of payer, are connected to trauma-informed trained doula services through a community-based organization to support mothers before, during, and after their birthing experience. In this initiative, the community-based organization’s doulas also serve a dual role as community health advocates by helping to address the perpetual racial health inequities and racially biased maternal care gaps, improving prenatal and postpartum support systems, improving access to critical maternal care services and quality of care, and closing social needs care gaps. We’ve also launched the Black Maternal Health Circles initiative to hold sessions with Black mothers, create a space for them to voice their experiences, and help build trust in underserved communities. Through these forums, we were able to understand their direct experiences with providers, health plans, and maternal resources, and provide recommendations on how BSC, provider partners, and community partners can support these women so that we can have happier and healthier pregnancies.

Courtney Paulson
Program Manager, Consultant
Blue Shield of California 

Arden Caffrey
Program Manager, Evaluation & Scalability
Blue Shield of California 

Leigh Purry
Senior Manager, Program and Project Management
Blue Shield of California

Joseph De Los Santos
Payment Innovation Program Manager
Blue Shield of California

11:45am – 12:30pm
Health Equity Decision Making
Health equity begins with decisions that each one of us make.  “Equity beings at the decision level.  It cannot get to the decision level if there is not first a revolution in the principles that we hold ourselves and our peers accountable to.” (Josh Parker, “How do you create a culture of equity?”)  In this session we provide a framework to better recognize the levels at which decisions for health equity need to be occur, and present key principles to successful decision making for health equity.

Benjamin Fredrick, MD
Director, Global Health Center
Director, PA Area Health Education Center (PA AHEC)
Doctors Kienle Chair for Humane Medicine
Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and Public Health Sciences and Humanities
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Luncheon 

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Tackling Health Outcome Disparities for Patients Suffering from Critical Diabetes Related Complications: Improving Access-To-Care and Health Equity
Every 3 min someone loses a limb to Diabetes and 85% of these amputations are avoidable. This session will summarize the evidence of racial and socio-economic disparities that exist in the amputation and mortality outcomes of patients suffering from critical diabetes related complications, such as Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU), Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). Effective evidence based strategies utilizing multidisciplinary care and therapeutic inventions applied by the patient at home, such as Topical Wound Oxygen (TWO2) therapy, will be explored. Finally, the question will ne answered as to whether amputations can be reduced across all diverse patient populations to improve health equity.

Michael Griffiths, DProf, DMS, CRT, FRSM, FCMI
Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director
Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc. (AOTI)
Chairman of the Board
International Bipolar Foundation  

Vincent L. Rowe, MD
Professor of Clinical Surgery at the
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC)
Chief of Vascular Surgical Services and Medical Director at
Los Angeles County USC Medical Center 

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.

Panelists:

Paul G. Alexander, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President, Chief Health Equity and Transformation Officer
RWJBarnabas Health

Angela Lynn
Director, Clinical Teams
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina 

Karin VanZant
VP, National SDOH Strategy
CareSource 

Christina Wolf, MSN, RN, CNL
Executive Director, Population Health & Care Continuum
Lawrence General Hospital 

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Networking & Refreshments Break 

3:45pm – 4:30pm
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.

Shannon Wilson
Vice President, Population Health & Health Equity
Priority 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.

Jodi Fenner
Senior Medicaid Development Director
Elevance Health 

Matt Holder, MD, MBA, FAADM
Founder
American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry 

5:15pm
End of Day One

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

8:00am – 8:10am
Chairperson’s Recap

Michael Griffiths, DProf, DMS, CRT, FRSM, FCMI
Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director
Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc. (AOTI)
Chairman of the Board
International Bipolar Foundation

8:10am – 8:50am
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.

Quian Callender
Hartford HealthCare 

Elisabeth E. N. Michel, MPH
Manager, Equity System Transformation
Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Hartford HealthCare 

8:50am – 9:30am
Addressing Racial Equity in Health through Health Care Philanthropy
Foundations across the country are exploring their organizations’ role in advancing racial equity in health and as importantly, determining the best strategies to go about it.  In this session, one foundation leader will share the strategies she is using to improve equity within the BCBSMA Foundation, as well as the approaches she and her team are employing to advance equity in their grant making, policy work and relationships with the broader communities they serve. She will discuss what is working well and where there are challenges.

Audrey Shelto
President and CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

9:30am – 10:00am
Networking & Refreshments Break 

10:00am – 10:40am
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 give examples on how one organization utilized traditional and nontraditional partnerships including public/private relationships to reduce barriers to equitable care.

Jim Milanowski
President/CEO
Genesee Health Plan

 

10:40am – 11:20am

Dr. Johanna Martinez
VP, Health Equity, Center for Equity of Care
Assistant Dean, Community Engagement
Zucker School of Medicine
Northwell Health 

Shibani Sharma
Program Manager, Community and Population Health
Northwell Health

11:20am – 12:00pm
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.

Leon Caldwell
Senior Director for Health Equity Strategies and Innovation
American Hospital Association

12:00pm – 12:40pm
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.

Nathan Ziegler, PhD
System Vice President | Diversity, Leadership & Performance Excellence
Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging
CommonSpirit Health® 

12:40pm
Conference Concludes

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

Workshop: 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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define social determinants of health, social drivers, and their impact on individual health
  2. Identify methods to understand the unique health needs of your community and ways to engage community members to improve overall health
  3. Formulate a plan to help your practice begin addressing social determinants of health
  4. Explain the different tools available to screen patients, including how and when and to use these tools, and connecting patients to appropriate resources

    Danielle K. Miller, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN
    Healthcare Senior Director
    Huron Consulting Group Inc.

Featured Speakers

Michelle Y. Williams, PhD, RN

Michelle Y. Williams, PhD, RN

Executive Director, Patient Care Research & Health Equity

Clinical Assistant Professor, Primary Care Population Health, Department of Medicine
President & Founder, Stanford Medicine Black Nurses Association Chapter of the NBNA
Stanford Medicine: Stanford Health Care
Stanford University School of Medicine
N. Benjamin Fredrick, MD

N. Benjamin Fredrick, MD

Director, Global Health Center

Director, PA Area Health Education Center (PA AHEC)
Doctors Kienle Chair for Humane Medicine
Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and Public Health Sciences and Humanities
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD

Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD

Department of Family Medicine

Vice Chair of Primary Care Innovation and Transformation
Boston Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University Medical School
Fellow
BU Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy
U. Michael Currie, MPH, MBA

U. Michael Currie, MPH, MBA

Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer

UnitedHealth Group
Benjamin Bynum, BSW, MSHCI

Benjamin Bynum, BSW, MSHCI

Project Manager | Care Management | CFD-S

Advent Health
Angela Lynn

Angela Lynn

Director, Clinical Teams

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Karin VanZant

Karin VanZant

VP, National SDOH Strategy

CareSource
Christina Wolf, MSN, RN, CNL

Christina Wolf, MSN, RN, CNL

Executive Director, Population Health & Care Continuum

Lawrence General Hospital
Jodi Fenner

Jodi Fenner

Senior Medicaid Development Director

Elevance Health
Matt Holder, MD, MBA, FAADM

Matt Holder, MD, MBA, FAADM

Founder

American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
Audrey Shelto

Audrey Shelto

President and CEO

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
Courtney Paulson

Courtney Paulson

Program Manager, Consultant

Blue Shield of California
Shannon Wilson

Shannon Wilson

Vice President, Population Health & Health Equity

Priority Health
Arden Caffrey

Arden Caffrey

Program Manager, Evaluation & Scalability

Blue Shield of California
Leigh Purry

Leigh Purry

Senior Manager, Program and Project Management

Blue Shield of California
Quian Callender

Quian Callender

Stragegy & Analytics Manager

Hartford HealthCare
Elisabeth E. N. Michel, MPH

Elisabeth E. N. Michel, MPH

Manager, Equity System Transformation

Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Hartford HealthCare
Jim Milanowski

Jim Milanowski

President/CEO

Genesee Health Plan
Danielle K. Miller, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN

Danielle K. Miller, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN

Healthcare Senior Director

Huron Consulting Group Inc.
Venue

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-1500

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

LEAD SPONSOR

Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc. (AOTI) is dedicated to reducing unnecessary amputations and suffering for persons with life-altering chronic conditions, so that they may live their lives to the fullest, whatever their social background or ethnicity. We do this by driving nonhealing wounds into remission by the clinically proven sustained healing outcomes achieved with our unique Topical Wound Oxygen (TWO2) therapy. TWO2 therapy is applied by the patient at home, helping to improve quality-of-life, reduce costs, enhance access-to-care and advance healthcare equity around the world. www.aotinc.net

 EXHIBITOR

Mom’s Meals provides refrigerated, ready-to-heat-and-eat meals through Medicaid and Medicare Advantage health plan benefits as well as for direct purchase. By offering many nutritionally tailored options and delivering to homes nationwide, Mom’s Meals fuels better health outcomes for all. Its long-term care, chronic care and post-discharge care programs also allow clients to lead healthier lives while remaining independent at home. For more information, visit www.momsmeals.com

FAQ

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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