2018 AHA Annual Membership Meeting Highlights

May 9, 2018

Diversity Roundtable Highlights



Nicholas Tejeda

Institute's Chairman

Market CEO

The Hospitals of Providence

Institute Chairman Nicholas Tejeda, market CEO, Hospitals of Providence, May 6 led a special briefing discussion with representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ inaugural Health Equity Award-winning organizations, Kaiser Permanente and Novant Health. Prior to panelist introductions, Institute Interim President and CEO Cynthia Washington introduced the Institute’s new mission with a brief video detailing the benefits of membership, highlighting AHA’s diversity initiatives and sharing the work of its Equity of Care campaign. Attendees also participated in live-polling questions related to diversity and health equity work. Tanya Blackmon, executive vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, Novant Health, and Armond S. Kinsey, chief equity, inclusion and diversity officer, Kaiser Permanente, Mid-Atlantic States, joined Tejeda to share the award-winning best practices of their respective organizations to reduce disparities in health care quality and outcomes among the individuals they serve.

Inaugural Equity of Care Executive Briefing

Wright Lassiter III

AHA Borad Member

President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System

AHA board member Wright L. Lassiter III, president and CEO, Henry Ford Health System, moderated the inaugural Equity of Care Executive Briefing on May 7, which kicked off with a special announcement by AHA Immediate Past Chair Gene Woods, president and CEO, Atrium Health, and Janet Murguia, president and CEO, UnidosUS, detailing a new alliance to increase diversity among health care executives and improve the health of communities. Panelists Maurice A. Jones, president and CEO Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); Amy Mansue, president Southern Region of RWJBarnabas Health; and Rita Carreon, deputy vice president, health, UnidosUS, discussed social determinants of health and their impact on our communities.

Acknowledging the difficulty in achieving positive health outcomes without access to good jobs, safe and affordable housing, food security and education will not only inform a comprehensive strategy to address the social determinants of health, but also increase opportunities for everyone in the community to reach their highest potential for health, Lassiter said. The panelists also shared their perspectives on how to jumpstart critical action on accelerating health equity, the importance of building relationships in the community and the role of collecting the right data to close disparity gaps.

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