About the Diversity Dialogue Webinar Series:

Diversity Dialogue Webinars are one of the most popular programs offered by the Institute. Each month, a different nationally-renowned speaker discusses a topic of pressing concern in health care. While enjoying the audio presentation, attendees log in via a computer and view the accompanying slideshow presentation.

The Diversity Dialogue Webinars are complimentary for AHA/IFDHE members and $79 for nonmembers.

For more information about the Institute’s Diversity Dialogues, please contact Derrick Mitchell, at Dmitchell@aha.org. For more information on membership with the Institute, please contact Jasmin Clark, at Jclark@aha.org.

Webinar Topic Suggestions?

Is there an area in health care relative to equity, cultural competency, or best practices that you would like to hear more about in our Diversity Dialogues series? If so, please contact Derrick Mitchell at Dmitchell@aha.org. Our webinar series continues to be one of the most popular resources because our members provide topic and speaker suggestions.

Upcoming Diversity Dialogue Webinars - Save the Date:

Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award - Three Part Series


The IFDHE in collaboration with the AHA is pleased to feature the Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care honorees. Equitable care ensures that all patients receive the highest quality of care, care that is individualized to the needs of every person that needs it and the community being served by a hospital or health system. The Equity of Care Award honors noteworthy leaders who have demonstrated a high level of success in reducing health care disparities and the promotion of diversity and inclusion within their organization.


January 28, 2020, 12:00pm CT, featuring honoree Northwell Health, Great Neck, NY  


Dr. Jennifer Mieres                                                           Michael Wright
Senior Vice President, Center for Equity of Care                    Vice President of Diversity and Health Equity
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer                                     Northwell Health System
Northwell Health 


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Archived Diversity Dialogues

All Diversity Dialogue webinars are recorded and available for three months from the date of presentation. Click here to view the list of available archived Diversity Dialogues. To request a recording, please email institute@aha.org.

December 2019: AHA Equity of Care Webinar Series featuring Atrium Health

The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity second webinar in the Equity of Care webinar series that provided demonstrated examples from hospitals and health systems on their efforts to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity and inclusion within their organizations. Kinneil Coltman, vice president and chief diversity officer, and Alisahah Cole, M.D., chief community impact officer, presented on behalf of Atrium Health, and shared their journey to hardwire health equity best practices throughout the organization while impacting social determinants of health in the community to support Atrium Health's mission to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing - for all.

November 2019: 2019 AHA Equity of Care winner Victoria W. Bayless, President & CEO Anne Arundel Medical Center, will present on measuring and reducing disparities at AAMC and developing a target state across Luminis Health 

In this webinar, part of the Equity of Care Webinar Series, IFDHE in collaboration with the AHA is pleased to feature the Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care winner and honorees. Equitable care ensures that all patients receive the highest quality of care, care that is individualized to the needs of every person that needs it and the community being served by a hospital or health system. The Equity of Care Award honors noteworthy leaders who have demonstrated a high level of success in reducing health care disparities and the promotion of diversity and inclusion within their organization.

August 2019: Religion as a Component of Patient-Centered Care: Challenges and Opportunities Care Facilities 

This enhanced training presented by Tanenbaum will dig deep into specific, timely topics like conscience objections and unconscious bias. It will also give participants more opportunities to apply and practice new tools and skills to tackle complex circumstances of religion as a component of patient-centered care.

June 2019: Advancing Health Equity Efforts: Health Equity Organizational Assessment

On this webinar, which was part of the IFDHE's Diversity Dialogue series, Kristin Preihs, senior program manager at the AHA, discussed how Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) can utilize the Health Equity Organizational Assessment (HEOA) tool to address and eliminate health and health care disparities that continue to exist for far too many diverse individuals. Participants were taught how to use a self-reporting methodology to collect demographic data from patients and caregivers, and how to analyze and verify the data to communicate outcomes for various patient populations.

April 24, 2019: More Than Welcoming: Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ Patients

Part of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s Diversity Dialogue series, in this webinar Joseph A. Greco M.D. and Joanne B. Glusman, MSW, LSW of Main Line Health discussed how to ensure that all in the community, especially those most vulnerable, can access highly competent and welcoming medical care. Participants were made aware of the disparities the LGBTQ community faces, and how Main Line Health’s LGBTQ Inclusive Care program addressed these issues through training and partnerships, improving access to equitable care for all.

March 28, 2019: Cone Health Using Data to Improve Care

Part of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s Diversity Dialogue series, in this webinar Laura Vail, director, Office of Inclusion and Health Equity, Cone Health, Greensboro, N.C. discussed how Equity of Care Award Honoree Cone Health utilizes data to improve care, reduce disparities, and provide quality access to care in their community. Vail highlighted the importance of competency training and diversity in leadership and community partnerships, and how raising awareness can lead to change utilizing REaL data and qualitative and quantitative techniques.

February 26, 2019: A System's Approach to Enhance Patient Experience and Reduce Disparities

Part of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s Diversity Dialogue series, Pamela Y. Abner, MPA, CPXP, vice president and chief administrative officer of diversity and inclusion for the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), discussed how MSHS is working to collect race/ethnicity and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) data to enhance the patient experience. Participants learned about the multi-pronged MSHS approach: addressing IT systems, providing staff education and reviewing of health outcomes to address and reduce disparities in health care.

January 29, 2019: Creating an Organization that Embraces Cultural Awareness to Advance Equitable and Compassionate Care

As part of the Institute’s Equity of Care webinar series, Sandra Ogunremi, DHA, CDM, senior diversity, equity and inclusion consultant with Regional Health, Rapid City, S.D., shared insights on how Regional Health achieved positive outcomes in its health equity journey. Participants gained practical knowledge on how cultural awareness can be used to improve patient experiences and foster cross cultural communication. Attendees learned how to make health equity actionable system-wide. The #123forEquity pledge was used as a roadmap by leveraging leadership, resources, teams and partnerships.

December 18, 2018: Prioritizing Community Health to Achieve Health Equity

In this webinar Rita Carreón, Deputy Vice President, Institute for Hispanic Health with UnidosUS, and Jillian Barber, manager of community benefit and health improvement at Sharp HealthCare discussed how building community collaboration and introducing novel partnerships are key to achieving health equity and ensure all achieve their highest potential for health. The presenters highlighted how their organizations managed to achieve success through their partnerships and created meaningful access to health and health care for their communities.

December 13, 2018: Diversity in Leadership and Governance - Perspectives and Practices

Part of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s Diversity Dialogue series, in this webinar moderated by Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, and IFDHE Board Member; Joseph B. Hill, Executive Vice President and CDO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals; John J. Lynch III, President and CEO of Main Line Health; and Cynthia Washington, interim President and CEO Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, focused on execution strategies for the component of the #123forEquity Pledge related to leadership and governance diversity. The health care leaders described the significant progress they had made in implementing these solid strategies at their hospitals and health systems to increase diversity and inclusion and advancing health equity for all.

November 2018: Religious Diversity in Health Care

During the November 27, 2018 webinar, Kathleen A. Curran , senior director of public policy at Catholic Health Associations of the United States, and Maria McQuade, health care program associate at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, discussed the impact religious practices and faith based medicine may have on a patient's decision to receive healthcare. The increasing cultural and religious diversity within the health care workforce has led to a unique set of challenges that managers may not be prepared to respond to and proactively address in areas such as attire, prayer, scheduling, and consciousness. Curran and McQuade presented recommendations for health care leaders and diversity professionals to improve the health care experience of religiously diverse patients and employees.

October 2018: A healthy community benefits everyone and health care service providers have an obligation to provide equal, quality and compassionate care to their patients. In their October 30th Health Equity and Disparities Resolution at Navicent Health diversity dialogue, Dr. Roy E. Gilbreath, M.D., chief system of care integration officer, and Christopher M. Cornue, chief strategy and chief innovation officer at Navicent Health System addressed some of the realities of disparities in health such as higher infant mortality for African-Americans, and cervical cancer rates being five times more likely to occur to Vietnamese women. Minorities also have higher rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other preventable diseases. In their webinar they discussed how 2018 Equity of Care Award Winner Navicent Health implemented a health equity governance and oversight structure, developed a program in health equity improvement and research, led an organization-wide effort in multi-cultural equity engagement for employees and physicians, and promoted diversity, equality and inclusion throughout their organization. Navicent Health’s proactive and systematic approach has not only improved health equity and tackled disparities in their served communities, but also added value to their organization by expanding diversity, bringing quality and reducing costs, aligning with their strategic vision of creating healthy communities for everyone’s benefit.

October 2018: For the past decade, Dr. Ehrenfeld has advocated on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals as chair of the Massachusetts Committee on LGBT Health, chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital LGBT Employee Resource Group, as a member of the Board Committee on Quality at Fenway Community Health Center, and as a member of the Association of American Medical College’s LGBTI Liaison Group. On October 22, 2018 Dr. Ehrenfeld presented a webinar that helped participants identify what constitutes members of the LGBTQ community, as well as highlighted some of the unique challenges and health issues facing that community. Participants were introduced to tools and strategies that Dr. Ehrenfeld had used in his current role directing the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health to best support LGBTQ patients, providing them with quality, compassionate care.

September 2018: Resiliency, Aging and the Personal Determinants of Health

During the September 27, 2018 webinar, AARP's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Charlotte Yeh, challenged participants about their assumptions based solely on someone's age. As better health outcomes and longevity have increased in the population, participants gained a new view of aging: not as a period of decline, but as a vibrant continuation of vitality, insight and contribution. Attendees learned about the science of resiliency as well as how ability, attitudes, and meaningful relationships are essential components to bringing positivity to life and aging. Dr. Yeh provided a new forward-thinking model to health care providers on how they could better meet and address the unique and exciting challenges of people's personal determinants of health, and bring satisfaction across all dimensions of life. View the "Millennials Show Us What 'Old' Looks Like" video presented by Dr. Yeh. 

May 2018: Positioning Your Diversity Strategy for Organizational Impact

This webinar explores and address key factors that are critical to achieve organizational impact around diversity and inclusion. Atrium Health and Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin share their diversity and inclusion (D&I) journeys, strategies, initiatives, lessons learned and leading practices that are having an impact within their health care systems

April 2018: Language Data Collection: The Key to Quality and Safety for LEP Populations

This webinar discusses the development and implementation of a Language Services Documentation Tool at Cambridge Health Alliance, co-hosted by Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) face language barriers that can have adverse effects on safety and quality of care. Language data collection is necessary to identify language needs, provide a professional medical interpreter and analyze health equity.

March 2018: A Cancer Center's Journey toward Health Equity and Inclusion: Lessons Learned:

Since 2003, Moffitt Cancer Center has made health equity and inclusion a critical component for becoming an employer of choice, and for the delivery of equitable care across the patient-care spectrum. This Diversity Dialogue addresses this health care organization’s multi-disciplinary journey, which grew from a committee of volunteers to a dedicated office, a team of center-wide collaborators, and a sustainable infrastructure where health equity and inclusion are within the organization’s fabric.

February 2018: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Care Delivery and the Daily Safety Huddle

Initiated in 2015 under the leadership of Chief Medical Officer Tom Kayrouz, M.D., and Robert Pierce, director of quality and process improvement, the Daily Safety Huddle Call is one tactical element of AnMed Health's efforts to function as a high-reliability organization. Principles of culturally and linguistically appropriate care delivery are embedded in AnMed Health's work, including safety and risk mitigation relative to cultural competence and patient-provider communication. This webinar also contains discussion of the correlation between Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, Joint Commission Standards and principles of high reliability as well as the details of the AnMed Health Safety Huddle.