2021 National Healthcare DEI Conference

Managing Pandemics: Recover, Restore, Renew

July 27-28, 2021


Welcome to the Healthcare Diversity Council! Here we strongly believe in a global representation in hospitals and clinics across the country, that every healthcare institution should mirror the environment and patients that it serves.


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Healthcare News

  • Veterans Affairs Community Care
    by Jess Williams

    Until a few years ago Veterans generally had to visit a Veterans Affairs (VA) facility to receive care. Long wait times and long travel times caused problems for Veterans who needed healthcare. In response, the VA MISSION Act (2018) expanded access to community providers and increased benefits for caregivers. A recent supplement in Medical Care explores some… Read More » Author information Jess Williams Assistant Professor at University of Kansas Medical Center Jessica A. Williams, PhD, MA is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Williams has been a member of the editorial board since 2013. Her research examines how workplace psychosocial factors affect the health and well-being of employees. Specifically, she investigates the role of pain in work disability and well-being. In addition, she researches the utilization of preventive medical services. She holds a Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, a Master's in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BA in economics from Stanford University. | Twitter | LinkedIn | The post Veterans Affairs Community Care appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Misinformation Pandemic: A Digital Public Health Threat
    by Melina Rodriguez

    Efforts to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19 in the U.S. have stalled out. Currently, just about 68% of all U.S. adults have received at least one dose, despite vaccines being widely available. This is due, in great part, to a “misinformation pandemic” that now threatens public health. With many people still spending considerable time working from… Read More » Author information Melina Rodriguez Melina Rodriguez is a rising senior at California State University, Los Angeles majoring in Public Health, with a focus in Community Health. She will serve as President of the Public Health Student Association at Cal State LA for 2021-2022. She is currently participating in the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Training Program at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. During her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, birdwatching, reading, and connecting with family & friends. | The post Misinformation Pandemic: A Digital Public Health Threat appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Challenges to Adopting COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment
    by Juliette Carreiro

    The pandemic has highlighted the challenge health care providers face in translating new scientific findings to actual patient care. The integration of COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment is a good example of this challenge. Frustration at a Local Hospital In a year of difficult days, my mom came home from work one evening in March especially… Read More » Author information Juliette Carreiro I am a rising senior and pre-med student at Brandeis University. I am studying Psychology and Biology. During this pandemic, I worked with Drs. Sarah Cutrona and Mayuko Ito Fukunaga at the UMass Medical School to learn about implementation science. My other interests include application of anthropological theories in the medical field, scientific writing strategies and skills, and playing soccer for the Brandeis Women's soccer team. | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | The post Challenges to Adopting COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Turning From Obstetric Violence to Birth Justice
    by Libby Wetterer

    The US maternal mortality rate is higher than it was a quarter of a century ago. For every one person that dies, another 65 almost die. We do not adequately care for mothers and mothers-to-be. Not only that, but as providers, we inadvertently (and at times overtly) inflict obstetric violence, through both individual actions and our… Read More » Author information Libby Wetterer Libby Wetterer (she, her) is a family medicine resident. Her professional interests include reproductive and birth justice, adolescent health, and immigrant rights. | Twitter | LinkedIn | The post Turning From Obstetric Violence to Birth Justice appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Unconscious Bias in Health Care
    by Danya Turkmani

    The global Covid-19 pandemic came with financial, emotional, and physical health implications for just about everyone worldwide. Along with those burdens, a significant strain was placed on resources, people, and systems. Issues that were lingering just beneath the surface bubbled up, inequities became highlighted, and urgent outcries and demands for swift solutions became harder to… Read More » Author information Danya Turkmani I'm a PhD student in the Health Management and Policy program at the University of Kansas. I have a business and marketing background and specialize in creating strategic and user focused content. | The post Unconscious Bias in Health Care appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Turning “Nice-to-Haves” into “Medically Necessary”
    by Colin Hung

    Have we reached a point where items that were once seen as “nice-to-have” are now “medically necessary”? Take for example, air conditioning. As the number of heat waves increases and the number of heat deaths climbs in the elderly population, is it time to change our view and designate air conditioning as necessary? Air Conditioners

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Healthcare Systems
    by Joe Babaian

    Intro by Joe Babaian | Blog by Amy Ma This week we have the distinct pleasure of hosting Amy Ma as our #hcldr guest host. Amy is an enthusiastic participant in the #hcldr community and always brings powerful insights into the state of healthcare access and equity across diverse populations in Canada and North America.

  • Trust in Healthcare and the Dilemma of Shared Leadership Roles
    by HCLDR

    On the next HCLDR Tweetchat on Tuesday July 13th at 8:30pm ET (for your local time click here) we welcome special guest host David Campbell, PhD @david_ethics, Ethicist for Kingston Health Sciences Centre. He will be leading us in an exploration of how shared corporate leadership roles can pose ethical challenges in the form of

  • The Future of HCLDR
    by Colin Hung

    We are nearing the 9th anniversary of the HCLDR Community and I think it’s about time we had another discussion about the future of the community itself. Back in August 2012, HCLDR started as a 30min tweetchat. [Why 30min? Because we didn’t think we’d have enough to talk about for a full hour – boy

  • Why Collaboration Matters
    by Joe Babaian

    Blog by Joe Babaian Let’s think about what it means to work together. We all do it almost every day and I’d venture a guess that we all have experienced varying levels of quality in these collaborations. To formalize it a bit, let’s think of authentic collaboration. This is even more important during times of

  • WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access

    The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

  • COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message

    In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.

  • Mobilizing youth to End TB

    Since the global youth movement, 1+1 youth Initiative was launched on World TB Day 2019, followed by the  adoption of the Youth Declaration to End TB at the first-ever Global Youth Townhall on ending TB, there has been significant progress over the past year. The 1+1 Initiative has expanded to include thousands of youth across the world in countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Philippines,  and Vietnam.The social media platforms set up as part of the 1+1 youth initiative are joined and followed by more than 15000 young people including WHO End TB forum. Similarly, Global TB Programme has established #Youth2EndTB Global Youth Network where more than 1800 youths from 95+ countries have already joined.  Besides, in order to recognise the youth efforts and encourage youth engagement on ending TB, youth story series was conducted.Moreover, 50 and more different youth-led activities and virtual events on ending TB have been conducted worldwide. This includes  sensitizing young people, peer education trainings in schools and universities,and encouraging them to become TB advocates, and supporting TB patients in the community with resources, advice, and encouragement. In addition, we are enthusiastic about cross country youth dialogue series that have been started where youths from different countries can participate and learn from each other.For instance, one of the inspiring examples is that of Nepal, young people in this country have established national and provincial youth networks to help young people, through capacity building and in ensuring their participation in policy making and community level awareness building programmes. Likewise, in March 2020, Vietnam National Tuberculosis program launched National Youth Movement against TB which aims on reaching 10 million young people as well as educating all primary school students with TB knowledge and good practices on combating TB and lung diseases.Another exciting example is from Indonesia. Their national youth movement against TB has been conducting Art exhibitions as well as creating TB awareness through social media campaign.Furthermore, WHO Global TB Program is currently developing training manual targeting End TB youth leaders, young survivors, and young health professionals. It will be available at End TB channel of Open WHO platform after completing it's six regional youth consultations.

  • Behavioural considerations for acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines

    The Behavioural Insights Unit of the WHO released a meeting report of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the special session on acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, held on 15 October 2020. The meeting report outlines the factors that drive people’s behaviour in relation to vaccine acceptance and uptake: an enabling environment, social influences and motivation. The image above is a visual narration that captures highlights of the meeting on 15 October 2020, during which the TAG on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health discussed behavioural considerations in relation to COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake. The discussion was structured around three key questions. Download the graphic   

  • Joint statement calling for urgent country scale-up of access to optimal HIV treatment for infants and children living with HIV

    Global partners that are committed to ending paediatric AIDS have come together to call on countries to rapidly scale up access to optimal, child-friendly HIV treatment for infants and children.