Raising the Bar Virtual Event Series

Dive deeper into Raising the Bar's principles, roles, and actions to embed equity throughout healthcare in this series of webinars.

CEO and Board Engagement is KEY to success in driving organizational change. Health equity practitioners need help with meaningful, measurable leadership buy-in. Raising the Bar for equity and excellence looks different for every organization—sometimes it involves coordination with CEOs, and other times creating board-level task forces. Regardless of what actions are taken, shared vision is necessary across leadership.
On July 26, panelists provided practical guidance on:
  • How CEOs can engage boards and what is needed to drive change across the organization.
  • How CMO’s can convince CEOs/boards to act.
  • How equity officers define success from a leadership standpoint and what they need to drive transformative change.
Speakers:
  • Dawn Godbolt, PhD (Director of Health Equity, Maven Clinic)
  • Mikelle Moore, MBA, MHSA (Senior Vice President, Chief Community Health Officer, Intermountain Healthcare).
  • Tara Oakman, PhD (Interim Managing Director—Program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • Gary Stuck, DO (Chief Medical Officer, Advocate Aurora Health)

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Healthcare can drive transformational change to build a healthier, more equitable society. In this session shown during Modern Healthcare‘s Social Determinants of Health Symposium, leaders will showcase the diverse roles healthcare institutions play in advancing health equity—as providers, as employers, as community members and as advocates.
Moderator:
  • Andrea Ducas, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Panelists:
  • Sarah de Guia, Chief Executive Officer, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Carlos Lejnieks, President and Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, New Jersey
  • Anand Shah, MD, Vice President of Social Health, Kaiser Permanente

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Communities thrive—and healthcare delivery is more effective—when healthcare meaningfully involves communities; respects and centers their expertise, needs, and priorities in governance and decision-making; and works in partnership with individuals and organizations in the community on activities and initiatives that reflect that engagement.
On September 13, panelists provided practical guidance on:
  • Involving community members in organizational governance and decision-making
  • Building trusting relationships with individuals and organizations in the community
  • Respecting and building on the power and expertise of community members
Speakers:
  • Jocelyn Frye – President, National Partnership for Women & Families (moderator)
  • Catherine Baase, MD – Board Chairperson, Michigan Health Improvement Alliance
  • Uma R. Kotagal, MBBS, MSc – Executive Leader, Population and Community Health, and Senior Fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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Raising the Bar principles provide a framework for thinking differently about the work organizations do to drive transformative change and advance equity and excellence. They require a shift in thinking about equity work and require a 360-degree perspective. On September 29, panelists discussed:
  • How to the make the Raising the Bar principles an active part of organizational strategies
  • What it looks like to put an equity strategy into practice
  • How your organization can measure your equity strategy and establish accountability standards
The conversation was moderated by Ruth Shim, MD, MPH, member of the Board of Trustees at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis, and is Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.
Speakers:
  • Rick Gilfillan, MD, MBA – Independent Consultant; Former President and CEO, Trinity Health
  • Rachel Gonzales-Hanson – Interim CEO and President, National Association of Community Health Centers
  • J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE – President and CEO, Trust for America’s Health
  • Carlos Lejnieks, MSc – Chair of the Board of Trustees, Jersey City Medical Center (a RWJ/Barnabas Health Hospital); Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties

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The delivery of care and health outcomes are improved when the workforce and leadership reflect the diversity of the communities served. As employers, healthcare organizations should model practices that allow their workers to thrive.
On October 24, panelists provided practical guidance on:
  • Investing in leaders who advance and embed equity, quality, and value across the organization
  • Cultivating a representative workforce at every level
  • Creating workplaces where employees can be healthy and help guide effective and equitable care
  • Employing all tools available, including procurement, to ensure the well-being and diversity of contract workers
The conversation was moderated by Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, co-founder of the National Alliance to impact the Social Determinants of Health and Chief Health Officer at Google.
Speakers:
  • Adia Harvey Wingfield, PhD – Vice Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity, Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Alan Nevel, MBA – Senior Vice President and Chief Equity Officer, MetroHealth
  • Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN – Founding Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers

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