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Hosted by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

June 19th - 20th, 2014
Boston Seaport Hotel

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The passage of health care reform and current efforts in payment reform herald a significant transformation of the United States health care system. Across the country, health care organizations are preparing to expand access to health care that provides the best quality in a cost-effective way. Pursuing high-value health care is the ultimate goal.
Improving quality and achieving equity are more important now than ever before, as disparities are in fact the epitome of low value—care that varies in quality, and is usually more costly. As we pursue high-value health care, it is critical to assure that our healthcare system is capable of delivering high quality care to all, while eliminating disparities and assuring equity.

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum will provide the background, key drivers, and essential strategies to improve quality and achieve equity in a time of rapid healthcare system change. Leaders from multiple disciplines and health care organizations who work in the areas of quality and safety; disparities, diversity and equity; health policy; and health care design and delivery, as well as anyone interested in these fields, will find the Forum to be a unique and highly valuable experience.
Come hear from leaders who are:

  • Developing population health strategies for diverse populations
  • Improving transitions of care to prevent readmissions
  • Creating patient safety initiatives that target vulnerable populations
  • Assessing and improving patient experience
  • Integrating oral health into care management
  • Using health information technology to address disparities
  • Focusing on health literacy, patient engagement and shared decision-making
  • Collecting key data to build the foundation for performance measurement
  • Using community benefit strategies to assure appropriate utilization

    Network with colleagues and peers from hospitals, health plans, health centers, and other healthcare organizations that are integrating disparities solutions into quality improvement, and innovating at the front-line.

    The Forum promises to be a stimulating, action-oriented,
    and cutting-edge event where participants will leave better equipped to deliver high-value health care to diverse populations.

    To see more information about the agenda, please visit our Forum Website.

    Initial support is provided by Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the California Healthcare Foundation, CHE Trinity Health, Neighborhood Health Plan, and United Healthcare. If you are interested in providing support for the Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum, please contact Aswita Tan-McGrory at (617) 643-2916 or by email at

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    Recorded Sessions
    Four sessions from The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forumare available for publicviewing. Please go to our Forum Videos page to see the recorded session descriptions and watch the videos.

    Post-Forum Survey Summary Report
    Click here to see how participants rated the 2012 Healthcare Quality and Equity ActionForum. This summary report includes evaluation results and insight into the effectiveness of all panels.

    List of Speakers

    Keynote speaker

    • Carolyn Clancy, MD, Former Director of AHRQ, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety and Value (10A4), Veterans Health Administration

    Grounding Session Panel Speakers

    • J. Emilio Carrillo, MD, MPH, Vice President and Medical Director, Community Health, NewYork -Presbyterian Hospital
    • Kathryn Coltin, MPH, Director of External Quality Data Initiatives, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
    • Karen Donelan, ScD, EdM, Senior Scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy and the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment at MGH
    • Deborah C. Enos, MSPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Neighborhood Health Plan
    • Zoila Torres Feldman, RN, MS, BLS, Chief Expansion Officer, North End Waterfront Health
    • John Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer, Harvard, Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center
    • Joe Kvedar, MD, Founder and Director, Center for Connected Health at MGH
    • Kris McCracken, MBA, CEO, Manchester Community Health Center 
    • Sarah Rafton, MSW, Director, Center for Diversity and Health Equity, Seattle Children’s Hospital
    • David E. Miller, DDS, Chief of the Division of Oral Health, Illinois Department of Public Health
    • Pam Siren, RN, MPH, Vice President, Quality and Compliance, Health Partners
    • Juana Slade, BA, CDM, CCF, Director, Diversity of Language Services, AnMed Health
    • Peter L. Slavin, MD, President, Massacusetts General Hospital
    • Mini Swift, MD, MPH, FACP, Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director of Health Equity and Utilization Care Management, Alameda Health System 
    • Winston Wong, MD, MS, Medical Director, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente
    • Phillip Woods, DDS, MPH, Captain, US Public Health Service; Periodontal Consultant, Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Action-Oriented Workship Speakers

    • Zary Amirhosseini, M.Ed., Disability Program Manager, Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Bev Beckman, RN, CPHQ, ACM, Project Manager, Upstream to Equity and Compassionate Care for Vulnerable Populations Projects, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare
    • Caroline Bennett-AbuAyyash, PhD, Health Equity Project Coordinator, Mt Sinai Hospital
      James Corbett, JD, MDiv, Senior Vice President, Community Health and Values Integration, Centura Health
    • John Cowden, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Equity and Diversity, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
    • Andrea Crowley, MBA, Admitting and Registration Services, MGH
    • Kirk Dabney, MD, Clinical Director, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, Nemors/Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children
    • Stephanie Gee, MA, Senior Project Manager, Research and Evaluation, The Hospital for Sick Children
    • Alexander Green, MD, MPH, Associate Director, The Disparities Solutions Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Brian Hermanspan, Vice President of Business Development, Health Leads National
    • Suzanne Mitchell, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
    • Arie Nettles, PhD, NCSP, HSP, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    • Anabela Nunes, MBA, Director of Medical Interpreter Services, MGH
    • Nancy Rothman, EdD, RN, Director of Community Based Practices, Temple University

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