Thank you for joining the National Center for Primary Care’s Health Equity Summit!

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For more information, contact Mitchell Blount, MPH at mblount@msm.edu

Over the course of two days, you heard from leaders who have dedicated their lives to eliminating health inequities and engaged with others who prioritize health equity. Our event landing page provides the detailed agenda, speaker information, and important resources related to the topic of health equity and the summit’s sessions. The information and resources on this website aimed to enhance your summit experience beyond a straightforward webinar series.

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Click below to join each session. All sessions listed in Eastern Time

Please note that all Join Session links will not be open until 30 minutes prior to the 10am ET start time on Wednesday, May 11th.

May 11

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Morehouse School of Medicine President and CEO, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and National Center for Primary Care Director, Dr. Dominic Mack will kick off the event, followed by an opening keynote speech by Dr. George Rust that will set the stage for the two-day summit experience.

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This conversation will bridge the past, present, and future of primary care and health equity through the perspectives of former and current National Center for Primary Care leaders. Moderated by a current Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine resident, the discussion will provide the audience with important historical context and describe evolving needs to inform primary care transformation that is centered on health equity.

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This brief event preview will guide participants through the summit’s general session, concurrent breakout sessions, and workshops. Participants will be provided with important context and expectations that will prepare them for the summit’s final call-to-action.

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The Primary Care Collaborative and the National Center for Primary Care are excited to announce the release of “Primary Care: A Key Lever to Advance Health Equity.” This brief report examines the relationship between health equity and primary care, and identifies concrete practice- and policy-level actions that primary care stakeholders can pursue to eliminate inequities.

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This discussion will highlight promising practices and policies that will strengthen the role of primary care in the movement to advance health equity. The panelists bring a wealth of clinical, public health, and policy expertise that will drive the discussion and focus on current opportunities and challenges for primary care.

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This session will provide an overview of the National Center for Primary Care’s Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Division.

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Faces of Primary Care – The Intersection of Primary Care, Innovation, and Culture
Join us for an insightful panel discussion with three organizations working in the BIPOC communities. They will examine the unique and destructive impact public health crises such as COVID -19 have on these communities. The panel will look at how using innovation strategies borne out of the cultural strengths of the communities can provide real solutions.

Speakers: Silas Buchanan, Sheri Daniels, Nora Hernandez, Dominic Mack (Moderator)

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Supporting Patients After Their Visit Promotes Equitable Outcomes!
Do you want to help patients and providers address barriers to equitable outcomes through post-visit resources? Learn about innovative solutions with proven beneficial outcomes and increased satisfaction. In this interactive session, you will hear about actual use cases from industry experts, preview a technology platform, and engage in discussion with NCPC’s Health IT Division, Premedex, and Synsormed.

Speakers: Amin Holmes, Carmen Hughes, Van Willis

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Transformation of Primary Care for Underserved Communities: An Introduction to Cityblock Health
The healthcare ecosystem is broken. For generations, marginalized communities have borne the brunt of a confluence of structural and systemic factors that result in unjust, inequitable and unsustainable health outcomes. For those juggling multiple competing priorities, whose time is their most valuable asset, and whose energy is spent overcoming the burden of poverty, dealing with transportation and other logistical gaps, our traditional healthcare delivery models simply don’t cut it. During this talk, Dr. Kameron Matthews, Chief Health Officer of Cityblock Health, will provide an overview of Cityblock and how the company is radically transforming primary care for underserved communities across America.

Speakers: Kameron Lee Matthews, MD, JD

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Don’t Forget About Us! – Advancing Health Equity for People with Disabilities in Georgia during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered explosive growth in telehealth, compelling many physicians, practices, and health care consumers to use telehealth for the first time. However, it is unknown whether and to what extent telehealth people with disabilities in Georgia accessed and used telemedicine. This session will share findings from our recent study, Assessing Use of Telehealth by People with Disabilities in Georgia, followed by a moderated discussion featuring a panel of study participants and leaders/advocates in the disability community.

Speakers: Jessica Baker, Mitchell Blount, Michael Bray, Rasheera Dopson

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Leading Change on the Frontline: Examining the Impact of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Primary Care and During Public Health Crises
This moderated discussion will focus on the critical work of CHWs in communities and the value and impact of CHWs in preventing chronic disease and managing individual and community health. Panelists will share successful examples of community programs and strategies and will hear directly from CHWs about their work and how their role has evolved during the COVD-19 pandemic. Panelists will share their thoughts on system level changes and resources that could assist in expanding the impact of the CHWs in primary care.

Speakers: Arletha Lizana, George Fishburne, Yasmine Atamna, Laquita Benton, Amina Isom

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Beyond Biopsychosocial: Driving Health Equity with Culturopolitically Informed Whole Person Addictions Care
What does it truly mean to provide whole person care? In the session, we will explore the concept of racism as trauma and its effects on mental and physical health. We will redefine what it means to provide whole-person care, and examine the necessity for incorporating harm reduction in treatment settings. Finally, Dr. Harrison will present practical strategies and lessons learned during the syndemic for designing and delivering innovative, value-based care addictions treatment.

Speakers: Nzinga Harrison, MD

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Accelerating the Journey to Health Equity Through Leadership Training
This presentation will highlight several of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine’s leadership training programs and how these programs are essential to the advancement of health equity. Since 2009, SHLI has been training leaders to address and promote policies and practices to achieve health equity and ultimately eliminate disparities in health. The SHLI programs provide training for elected and municipal officials, community leaders and advocates, academic and healthcare professionals, public health students and professionals, and post-doctoral professionals. Graduates have taken on leadership roles across the country in academic, health care, governmental, and community-based organizations, agencies, and institutions.

Speakers: Allyson S. Belton, MPH, Jareese K. Stroud, MPH

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Advocating for Behavioral Health Parity in Georgia
The pandemic has created an urgent need for improved access to behavioral health care, and it has opened a rare window of opportunity for transformative policy change. In Georgia, state legislators called 2022 “The Year for Mental Health” and passed the Mental Health Parity Act to help address the need. This session will feature a real world case study about advocates advancing parity in insurance coverage for behavioral health care in Georgia, and the links between parity, equity and stigma reduction. Presenters will solicit participants’ previous advocacy experiences to inform the interactive discussion. Attendees will leave this session understanding effective advocacy strategies for influencing policy decisions and with tangible tips for taking action and disseminating what they have learned to their own networks.

Speakers: Madhuri Jha, David Lloyd, Helen Robinson, DeJuan White

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Dr. Dayna Bowen Matthew, a nationally recognized lawyer, legal scholar, author, and health equity champion, will close out the first day of the summit with a visionary and inspiring closing keynote speech.

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May 12

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Morehouse School of Medicine Dean and Executive Vice President, Dr. Adrian Tyndall will welcome participants to day two of the summit.

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This session will provide an overview of the National Center for Primary Care’s Global Health Initiatives.

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The NCPC Faculty Development Program has been training primary care clinicians and academic researchers for more than twenty years. This session will summarize the importance of this program and how its graduates have continued to lead health equity efforts through their research, teaching, and clinical practice.

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Panelists include leaders representing organizations across the biological sciences, health care, and health innovation sectors, who will share concrete actions their organizations have taken to advance health equity. The audience will hear about prioritizing, integrating, and sustaining health equity through leadership.

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This session will provide an overview of the National Center for Primary Care’s Southeast Regional Clinicians Network (SERCN).

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This session will provide an overview of the National Center for Primary Care’s Research & Policy Divisions

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Advancing health equity requires strong leadership and community engagement. This community dialog will highlight approaches taken by the City of East Point, Georgia to improve equity in the community.

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This session will provide an overview of the National Center for Primary Care’s Health Information Technology Division.

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Mitigating Health Disparities During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Into the Future: The Pennsylvania Inclusive Health Equity Collaborative
People with disabilities, including mental health, and older adults, faced various barriers to high quality and accessible health services and information; social connectedness, community inclusion and participation; and technology, digital literacy and connectivity prior to COVID-19. Structural and systemic barriers were exacerbated during the pandemic leading to the inequitable impact of COVID-19 on the health of these populations. The Pennsylvania Inclusive Health Equity Collaborative (IHEC) was formed in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort mitigate health disparities and promote the wellbeing of people with disabilities, including those with mental health concerns and aging populations, across the Commonwealth. The goal of this interactive workshop is to share information with session attendees on the development of an inclusive health equity collaborative developed in response to COVID-19, while seeking feedback on charting a course when the road and endpoint are ever-changing.

Speakers: Katey Burke, Amber Davidson, Lisa Ferretti, Taye Hallock, Phillip McCallion

 

Leveraging federal funds to promote cross-sector collaboration in service of health care, health, and health equity
Trillions of dollars in federal funds are flowing to states and communities across the country through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Designed to bolster public health capacity, stimulate economic recovery, and reduce inequities, these funds offer an unprecedented opportunity to invest in transformative change. Yet, many states and communities may not have the capacity to develop strategic, cross-sector plans or process and distribute the large amounts of money headed their way. Participants will learn insights on the scale, scope, and distribution of this federal funding and explore how health care related organizations are seeking to inform, influence, and facilitate forward-thinking investment decisions. This workshop will also provide participants an opportunity to wrestle with, and apply these insights as part of facilitated peer discussions on the types of questions that must be answered as part of making decisions about leveraging these federal funds.

Speakers: Japera Hemming, Maggie Leonard, Bill Rencher

 

Audience First: A Path to Creating Culturally Competent Health Materials
Having authentic health messages that resonate helps diverse communities feel seen and opened to receiving your information. Join the ICF Next Multicultural Communications Practice, for a workshop on creating culturally and linguistically appropriate health materials. Learn key processes, best practices, and questions you should ask when creating materials for multicultural audiences.

Speakers: Imani Cabassa, Cassandra Oshinnaiye


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Addressing Early Education, Childcare, and Poverty to Advance Health Equity for African American Children and Families
The National African American Child and Family Research Center leads and supports research on the needs and assets of African American children and families served by the Administration for Children and Families and promising approaches to promote social and economic well-being among low-income African American populations. This work will further the mission of the Morehouse School of Medicine and lead in the creation and advancement of health equity for African American children and families. The Center’s work broadly focuses on early childhood education, poverty alleviation, and childcare assistance programs. This session will describe how the center will use community-based participatory research, capacity-building, and communication tools to inform programs and policies that impact African American children and families.

Speakers: Latrice Rollins, Brian McGregor, Tandeca King Gordon

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Dr. Brian D. Smedley has committed his personal and professional lives to achieving health equity. This closing keynote speech will compel summit participants to take action within their sphere of incluence to advance health equity.

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Featured Speakers

Todd Ellis, DHA

Principal, Health and Government Solutions, KPMG US​
Dr Ellis has 20 years’ experience in the payor and provider sectors and brings his knowledge of the industry to drive sustainable and value added change. He’s certified in several managed care and clinical applications with strengths in Health Equity, EHR design and implementations, intelligent automation, large scale IT system transformation, population health management, Medicaid IT transformation and enterprise transformation. He is a thought leader in Transformation and Process Automation (RPA/Intelligent Automation) and has led numerous initiatives at large IDNs and government agencies. He currently leads the Healthcare Government Solutions (HGS) practice for EHR and process automation and specializes in the enterprise selection, design, and implementation including workflow (EHR), robotics (RPA) and cognitive technologies. 

Ann Greiner

President & Executive Director, Primary Care Collaborative
Ann Greiner serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Primary Care Collaborative. In this role, she is responsible for leading the overall organizational strategy and fostering strategic partnerships throughout the health care sector nationally. At a critical time in U.S. health policy, Ann directs the PCC’s policy agenda, working across a diverse stakeholder group of more than 60 executive member organizations to advance an effective and efficient health care system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). Ann is focused on defining and implementing an advocacy, research and education agenda that furthers comprehensive, team-based and patient-centered primary care.

Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham

34th mayor of East Point, Georgia​
Deana Holiday Ingraham, the 34th Mayor of East Point, is a champion public servant, wife, mother, and advocate who is dedicated to public service. Mayor Holiday Ingraham’s parents reared her to think out-of-the-box and lead change to improve the lives of others. She believes “service is the rent we pay for our room here on earth.” Mayor Holiday Ingraham received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University in Business Administration, Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law. In 2018 and 2019, Mayor Holiday Ingraham was named as one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence.” She serves as a board member of the National League of Cities, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, Georgia Municipal Association, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center Regional Health Board and the Clayton State University College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board.

Kameron Leigh Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP

Chief Health Officer, Cityblock Health
Dr. Kameron Leigh Matthews is the Chief Health Officer of Cityblock Health, a transformative, value-based healthcare provider integrating medical, behavioral, and social services for Medicaid and dually eligible and low-income Medicare beneficiaries. A board-certified Family Physician, Dr. Matthews has focused her career on underserved and vulnerable communities, having held multiple leadership roles in correctional medicine, federally qualified health centers, and managed care. Most recently at the Veterans Health Administration, she led transformational efforts focused on integrated, Veteran-centered models of care including the implementation of the MISSION Act of 2018 and the EHR modernization effort. In addition to other non-profit and advisory board positions, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the board of directors of the National Quality Forum.

Dominic H. Mack, MD, MBA

Professor Family Medicine, Director National Center for Primary Care, Executive Medical Director GA-HITEC, GAHC, Morehouse School of Medicine
Dominic Hugo Mack is a Professor of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and serves as Director of the National Center for Primary Care (NCPC). Dominic leads NCPC’s promotion of health equity and population health through the development of strategies to further research, innovations and trainings that advance primary care systems. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN), an Office of Minority Health cooperative agreement with MSM. Dominic is also founding director of MSM’s Georgia Health Connect (GaHC) Health Information Network (HIE), currently known as Hi-Bridge. Dr. Mack serves as PI on several other domestic and global federally funded grants and cooperative agreements including the HRSA funded Zambia MSM/HBCU collaborative. He currently serves as the Board Chair of the GA Health Information Network (GHIN). He is dedicated to the improvement of business practices and the implementation of technological innovations in medical organizations that serve disproportionately impacted communities. Dr. Mack strives to develop national partnerships in rural and urban communities to implement equitable and sustainable community-based interventions for better health outcomes for all people.

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD

Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School ​
Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, is the Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. A leader in public health and civil rights law who focuses on disparities in health, health care, and the social determinants of health, Dean Matthew joined GW Law in 2020. She is the author of the bestselling book Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care and the newly released Just Health: Treating Structural Racism to Heal America. Dean Matthew previously served on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was Co-Founder and Inaugural Director of The Equity Center, a transdisciplinary research center that seeks to build better relationships between UVA and the Charlottesville community through community engaged scholarship that tangibly redresses racial and socioeconomic inequality.Earlier in her career, Dean Matthew served on the University of Colorado law faculty as a Professor, Vice Dean, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. She was a member of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Dean Matthew held a joint appointment at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Benjamin Money, MPH

Senior Vice President for Public Health Priorities, National Association of Community Health
Ben Money is the SVP for Public Health Priorities at NACHC where he leads collaborations with public health, is the executive lead for Social Drivers of Health, value-based care transformation, and the environmental health initiatives. Prior to joining NACHC, Mr. Money was the Deputy Secretary for Health Services at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services where he led the Divisions of Public Health, Health Services Regulation, and the Offices of Rural Health and Minority Health. Mr. Money served on Governor Cooper’s Climate Change Interagency Council and was directly involved in the COVID-19 response.  Before this appointment, he served as the President & Chief Executive Officer North Carolina Community Health Center Association. Ben is a graduate of Springfield College and received his MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a certificate in Health and Climate Change from the Yale University School of Public Health.

George Rust, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM

Director, Center for Medicine and Public Health, Florida State University and former Director, National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine​
Dr. George Rust, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM is a Professor at the FSU College of Medicine in Tallahassee, FL, where he also directs the Center for Medicine and Public Health. He also serves as Medical Director for the Leon County Health Department and five surrounding rural counties. He is board-certified in both Family Practice and in Preventive Medicine. He completed a Family Medicine Residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and then began his career serving six years as Medical Director for the West Orange Farmworkers Health Association in Central Florida, where he developed innovative community programs such as the diabetic promotora project. He then taught for 24 years on faculty at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where he was founding director of the Morehouse Faculty Development Program as well as the National Center for Primary Care. He also served as lead author for the Georgia Health Disparities Report plus Hispanic and Asian health disparity supplements.

David Satcher, MD, PhD

16th U.S. Surgeon General and former Director, National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine​
David Satcher, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist and public health administrator with an extensive track record of leadership, research, and community engagement. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College and holds MD and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University, where he was also elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Satcher served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States (1998-2002) and the 10th Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (1998-2001). He also served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Dr. Satcher has also held top leadership positions at the Charles R. Drew University for Medicine and Science, Meharry Medical College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine. He has received over 50 honorary degrees and has received numerous awards from diverse organizations and agencies. Currently, Dr. Satcher is the Founding Director and Senior Advisor for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Brian D. Smedley, PhD

Equity Scholar, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute​
Brian D. Smedley is among the inaugural class of Equity Scholars at the Urban Institute, where he will conduct research and policy analysis to address structural and institutional forms of racism that impact the health and well-being of people of color.  Formerly, Dr. Smedley was Chief of Psychology in the Public Interest at the American Psychological Association (APA), where he lead APA’s efforts to apply the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and social justice.  A national thought leader in the field of health equity, Dr. Smedley got his start in Washington, D.C. as an APA Congressional Science Fellow, and subsequently served at APA as Director of Public Interest Policy. Most recently, he was co-founder and Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity (www.nationalcollaborative.org), a project that connects research, policy analysis, and communications with on-the-ground activism to advance health equity.

Judith Steinberg​, MD, MPH

Senior Advisor, Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services​
Judith Steinberg is a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health and lead for the Department of Health and Human Services Initiative to Strengthen Primary Health Care. Dr. Steinberg served as the CMO of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), part of the Health Resources and Services Administration, which funds and administers the health center program. There she focused on integration of behavioral health and primary care as a response to the opioid crisis, clinician wellbeing, and improving the prevention and management of chronic diseases, utilizing a multidisciplinary team-based approach to care. She also served as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Tanisha M. Sullivan, ESQ.

Sanofi Fellow, CEO Action for Racial Equity ​
With over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry, Tanisha M. Sullivan served as Associate General Counsel for Sanofi and now serves as the company’s fellow in CEO Action for Racial Equity, a national public policy fellowship.  Prior to joining the company, Ms. Sullivan practiced with large firms and major corporations in Greater Boston and New York City.  Committed to public service, from 2013- 2015 Ms. Sullivan served in a cabinet level position with the Boston Public Schools as the district’s Chief Equity Officer. A dedicated public servant and community leader, in January 2022 Ms. Sullivan announced her candidacy for Massachusetts Secretary of State.  Ms. Sullivan is serving her third term as president of the NAACP Boston Branch.

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The National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) is supported in whole by a $40 million award from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) as part of the National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities (NIMIC), and three-year cooperative agreement between OMH and Morehouse School of Medicine. Grant #: 1CPIMP201187-01-00.

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