2013 Regional Symposiums

Arizona & Connecticut Symposiums Promote Diversity Best Practices


The Institute wrapped up 2013 with two Regional Symposiums on Diversity and Disparities in Marana, AZ and Wallingford, CT.  More than 100 diversity practitioners and  health care executives from across the country attended the symposiums, which featured best practices sharing and roundtable discussions on cultural competency training, diversity leadership, results from the Institute’s most recent benchmarking survey, and more. 

In addition, the Connecticut symposium featured a keynote address from Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., on the purpose and components of the new Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards. The Arizona symposium keynote address featured Diana Smalley, president  and CEO of Mercy Health System in Oklahoma and the Chairman of American College of Healthcare Executives. The Arizona Symposium also showcased “lessons from the field” from Marisue Garganta, director of Community Health Integration at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Garganta discussed St. Joseph’s multi-pronged approach to diversity management, including recruitment, retention and promotion.

More information about the 2013 symposiums can be found below. For additional questions regarding Regional Symposiums, please contact Jetaun Mallett, manager, operations & business development at (312) 422-2692 or jmallett@aha.org.


Updated: November 6, 2013


Connecticut - Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium

On October 31, The Institute for Diversity in Health Management collaborated with the Connecticut Hospital Association to present the Anniversary Symposium of the CHA Diversity Collaborative:From Intent to Impact, presented in partnership with the Connecticut
Association of Healthcare Executives.


Built on the successful IHI clinical
collaborative model, the objectives of this multi-year initiative are to:

  • increase diversity in hospital governance and senior management,
  • improve cultural competence in the delivery of care, and
  • increase supplier diversity.

The October 31 event marked the two-year anniversary of a statewide process
to engage hospital teams in educational programs, implementation of
intervention strategies, sharing best practices, and measuring and tracking
progress—all with a focus on achieving health equity.

Location:         Connecticut Hospital Association

                        110 Barnes Road

                        Wallingford, CT 06492               

Program:        To view the Connecticut Program Schedule, please click here.

For more information about this symposium, please contact CHA Education Services at 203-294-7263 or educationservices@chime.org.

Arizona Regional Symposium – October 25, 2013

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s 2013 Arizona Regional Symposium provided an opportunity for leaders at Arizona hospitals to share best practices with other hospital and health system executives, diversity practitioners and officers, information technology professionals and human resources managers/directors.  The symposium featured best practice sharing and networking through a roundtable discussion, expert panel and keynote presentation.  Topics included results of the “Diversity and Disparities: A Study of U.S. Hospitals,” diversity implications from health care reform, cultural competency training, language access and diversity leadership. 

Regional Host:

Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association


Location:        The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

                       15000 N. Secret Springs Drive

                        Marana, AZ 85658   

To view the Arizona Program Schedule, please click here. 




For your convenience, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation "Lessons from the Field" is provided below. Presenter should be given proper citation in use.


“Lessons from the Field”




Ohio Regional Symposium – August 14, 2013

Location:       The Center for Health Affairs

                     1226 Huron Road East, Cleveland, OH, 44115

To view the Ohio Program Schedule, please Click Here.


For your convenience, copies of the PowerPoint presentations for the panel discussions are provided below. Presenters should be given proper citation in use.


Session 1: Diversity Management, Cultural Competency and Addressing Disparities.

Session 1: Diversity Management and Addressing Disparities

Pathway to Better Patient Health Care

Session 2: Minority Leadership and Cultural Competency


Florida Regional Symposium - March 21, 2013


Location:          Florida Hospital Association – Regional Office
                        307 Park Lake Circle
                        Orlando, FL 32803

To view the Florida Program Schedule, please Click Here.


For more information about the 2013 Regional Symposiums, please contact Jetaun Mallett at 312-422-2692 or at jmallett@aha.org.