2021 National Healthcare Diversity Conference

2021 Vision: Looking at Healthcare Through the Lens of Inclusion

July 13-14, 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.


Who Are We

Be the preeminent resource for information on cultural awareness and…

Engage in dialog and action with the healthcare community on inclusion…


Get Involved

There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talent in creating greater diversity and inclusion in Healthcare. Our volunteers get involved in all aspects of event planning and implementation, as well as outreach, communication, and advocacy within their organization and the community…


COVID has NO face! With the concerns of COVID-19, Asian Americans have experienced isolation and discrimination due to the origin of the virus. The National Diversity Council has created the hashtags #COVIDhasNOface and #StandwithNDC to stop xenophia and show our support in creating an inclusive and caring community for all. Join us in spreading the message.

Our Partners

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Cejka Search
CHI St. Luke's Health
Christus Health
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Medical City
Memorial Hermann
The Methodist Hospital System
Methodist Health System
Request for Relief
Texas Health Resources
United Surgical Partners
UT Health San Antonio
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Healthcare News

  • #SexEdForAll: What We Need to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
    by Rebekah Rollston

    We just wrapped up #SexEdForAll month in May, yet most people still believe sex education is just about sex. But it’s so much more than that! That’s why I created the Sexuality Education Legislation and Policy: A State-by-State Comparison of Health Indicators story map, in conjunction with the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in… Read More » Author information Rebekah Rollston Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH, is a Family Medicine Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, Clinical Associate at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Resident Affiliate at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Her professional interests focus on social influencers of health & health disparities, gender-based violence, sexual & reproductive health, self-esteem development, addiction medicine, rural health, homelessness & supportive housing, and immigrant health. | The post #SexEdForAll: What We Need to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Spain, Belgium, and Others Are Releasing Immigrant Detainees During COVID-19. Why the United States Should, Too
    by Ranit Mishori and Kathryn Hampton

    May 6 heralded another grim milestone in the United States: the first COVID-19-related death of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee, a 57-year-old man from El Salvador. Despite having high blood pressure and possibly diabetes, he had been denied release on bond by a judge. He continued to be held in Otay Mesa Detention… Read More » Author information Ranit Mishori Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, is professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she leads the Department of Family Medicine's global health initiatives and directs the Health & Media as well as the Health Policy fellowship programs. Dr Mishori's areas of interest include prevention, evidence-based medicine, health and human rights, refugee health, health disparities, public health, and women's health. She is also senior medical advisor at Physicians for Human Rights. | Twitter | LinkedIn | The post Spain, Belgium, and Others Are Releasing Immigrant Detainees During COVID-19. Why the United States Should, Too appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • For pennies on the dollar, public health is succeeding out of the spotlight
    by Gregory Stevens

    Every night at 8pm, my neighborhood in Los Angeles, like many, cheers for the front-line health care providers who care for our communities. My family joins in the nightly raucous thanks. But a few nights ago, we paused. Where were the cheers for the public health professionals? Medical professionals have been in the spotlight, doing the… Read More » Author information Gregory Stevens Associate Professor at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California Gregory D. Stevens, PhD, MHS is a health policy researcher, writer, teacher and advocate. He is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He received both his masters and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on health care policy. He has focused his research on primary health care, children’s health, health disparities and vulnerable populations. He is a co-author of the book Vulnerable Populations in the United States. | Twitter | The post For pennies on the dollar, public health is succeeding out of the spotlight appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • COVID-19: Lessons for Climate Change Strategy
    by Raj Fadadu

    We are in the midst of two global public health catastrophes: the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the more insidious, chronic effects of climate change. The swift spread of COVID-19 has devastated many countries and their economies. But global changes in environmental conditions have been harming communities for decades. The World Health Organization estimates that… Read More » Author information Raj Fadadu Raj Fadadu is both a public health graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley and medical student at the University of California, San Francisco. He conducts environmental/public health research and leads community advocacy work to increase awareness of the health implications of climate change. | The post COVID-19: Lessons for Climate Change Strategy appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Options for Universal Coverage: Part 1 – Public vs. Private Provision
    by Brett Lissenden and Benjamin Silver

    With the 2020 U.S. presidential election drawing near, debate about the options for universal coverage will likely ramp up. At the heart of this debate is the estimated 45% of U.S. adults who are either uninsured or under-insured (as of 2018). They are likely to experience financial hardship or go without needed care in a time… Read More » Author information Brett Lissenden Research Economist at RTI International Brett Lissenden is a Research Health Economist in the Health Care Financing and Payment program at RTI International. His current work focuses on risk adjustment for health plans and payment models for cancer patients on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia. He is also a credentialed actuary. | LinkedIn | The post Options for Universal Coverage: Part 1 – Public vs. Private Provision appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Things Will Never Be the Same. Or will they?
    by Colin Hung

    This chat was originally scheduled for Tuesday June 2nd, but in recognition of everything happening in the world right now, we have decided to not go forward with it. We are joining many in the #hcldr community in support of #BlackOutTuesday.  —————————————————– As the calendar flips to June, for those in the US and Canada

  • Reclaiming the Space Between Visits
    by HCLDR

    As we know, much of health and indeed healthcare happens outside the four walls of your physician office or hospital. It happens at home, while you are walking in the park, or in line at the grocery store (6ft apart of course). The space between visits is our time…but how to do we reclaim it?

  • Developing educational programs to deliver precision medicine in Canada
    by HCLDR

    Next week on HCLDR we welcome another set of guest hosts from Canada – the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders @CCHL_CCLS and David Anderson, PhD @DaveAnd75644259 They will lead us in a discussion on the topic of precision medicine – specifically how it can be better incorporated into medical education and healthcare in general. Please

  • Imagine what Nightingale might have achieved with an EHR
    by HCLDR

    We are honored this week to have 4 guest authors and guest hosts for the next HCLDR: Peggy White, RN, BA, MN @_HOBIC Tracie Risling, RN, BA, BSN, MN, PhD @traciewashere Lynn Nagle PhD, RN, FAAN @LMNagle Glynda Rees, RN, BSN, MN @healthedtech Together they are bringing attention to and honoring nurses. Tuesday May 12,

  • The Real Leaders of Healthcare
    by Joe Babaian

    Blog Post by Joe Babaian This week I felt it would be a great opportunity to call out the best examples of leadership in healthcare that you have seen during this pandemic. Leadership can take many forms as we tackle this new normal. Sharing factual news and updates Working on the front, middle, and backlines

  • Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative Updates

    Cervical cancer elimination initiative - June 2020: COVID-19 and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control

  • New Ebola outbreak detected in northwest Democratic Republic of the Congo; WHO surge team supporting the response

    The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced today that a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease is occurring in Wangata health zone, Mbandaka, in Équateur province. The announcement comes as a long, difficult and complex Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is in its final phase, while the country also battles COVID-19 and the world’s largest measles outbreak. Initial information from the Ministry of Health is that six Ebola cases have so far been detected in Wangata, of which four have died and two are alive and under care. Three of these six cases have been confirmed with laboratory testing. It is likely more people will be identified with the disease as surveillance activities increase. “This is a reminder that COVID-19 is not the only health threat people face,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Although much of our attention is on the pandemic, WHO is continuing to monitor and respond to many other health emergencies.”This is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 11th outbreak of Ebola since the virus was first discovered in the country in 1976. The city of Mbandaka and its surrounding area were the site of Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 9th Ebola outbreak, which took place from May to July 2018. “It’s happening at a challenging time, but WHO has worked over the last two years with health authorities, Africa CDC and other partners to strengthen national capacity to respond to outbreaks,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “To reinforce local leadership, WHO plans to send a team to support scaling up the response. Given the proximity of this new outbreak to busy transport routes and vulnerable neighbouring countries we must act quickly.”WHO is already on the ground in Mbandaka supporting the response to this outbreak, as part of capacity built during the 2018 outbreak. The team supported the collection and testing of samples, and reference to the national laboratory for confirmation. Contact tracing is underway. Work is ongoing to send additional supplies from North Kivu and from Kinshasa to support the government-led response. A further 25 people are expected to arrive in Mbandaka tomorrow. WHO is also working to ensure that essential health services are provided to communities despite these emergency events.The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 10th outbreak of Ebola, in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri provinces, is in its final stages. On 14 May 2020, the Ministry of Health began the 42-day countdown to the declaration of the end of that outbreak. New outbreaks of Ebola are expected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo given the existence of the virus in an animal reservoir in many parts of the country. Note to Editors - key figuresCOVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of the CongoAs of 31 May 2020: 3195 cases have been reported, including 72 deaths.Measles in the Democratic Republic of the CongoSince 2019: 369 520 measles cases and 6779 deaths have been reported. Recent Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo11th outbreak: Mbandaka, Équateur province. Ongoing. Declared on 1 June 2020. 6 cases (3 confirmed, 3 probable). Of those, 4 people died and 2 are alive 10th outbreak: North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri provincesOngoing. Declared on 1 August 2018. 3463 cases (3317 confirmed and 146 probable). Of these, 2280 people died and 1171 survived. 9th outbreak: Mbandaka, Équateur province. Declared on 8 May 2018 and ended on 24 July 2018. 54 cases (38 confirmed and 16 probable). Of those, 33 died and 21 survived. 

  • Statement from Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme at the Yemen High-level Pledging Conference

    (Thank you Mark, Shukran Dr. Al Rabeeah)I am speaking today on behalf of WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, and of Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, salam aleikum, As we all know, Yemen is the most complex humanitarian operation in the world.  Indeed, when Dr Al-Mandhari  - who is also participating in this event - visited Yemen last year, he saw parents who were desperate to find help for their sick children; an elderly man die before his eyes as doctors tried to save him, and he met  the son of one doctor who died of cholera while treating patients with the disease. The situation has since become much worse. But in spite of it all, for the past five years, WHO and our partners have stood with the people of Yemen.When the world’s largest cholera outbreak hit, we together reversed the cycle of disease, protecting more than 10 million people. When measles threatened, we together vaccinated over 12 million children. When severe acute malnutrition spread, WHO and our partner MED-COM supported 80% of all therapeutic feeding centers, saving 91% of all children suffering from medical complications. And as more people face death and disease, WHO and partners are supporting 70% of all medical consultations in the country.And we did it all thanks to your generous support.But today, COVID-19 has pushed Yemen over the edge, with many health workers on the front line frustrated and bereft. In fact, one physician in the Kuwait Hospital in Sana’a, recently said that he is “exhausted by war and politics, exhausted by rumors and ignorance, and exhausted by greed and poverty.”And yet, in spite of enormous constraints, this physician and other courageous and committed individuals continue to serve their people every day.And so will WHO and our partners.  We will continue to equip, upgrade and expand the number of isolation centers to 59 across the whole country. We will continue to establish and equip EOCs, train health care workers and rapid response teams moving from over 300 to over 900 response teams in the coming weeks. We will continue to educate communities, and expand testing, all the while ensuring the continuity of other essential health services.Last week alone, through the COVID Supply Chain Platform WHO and WFP airlifted over 34,000 kilograms of medicines and medical supplies including over 6.5 tons of COVID-19 PPE and laboratory diagnostics to support the functional labs that we have supported for COVID diagnosis. This week we are preparing another round of over 7 tons of PPE and 18 tons of medicines to support Yemen.And we will continue to do everything we can to serve the people of Yemen, even as COVID-19 rages. But we need a massive scale-up of our COVID and non-COVID health operations to assist some of the most vulnerable population in the world.  We recognize in a world where everyone is trying to respond to their own health crisis it is a challenge to maintain critical support to others. But in this global crisis we must recognize that there are communities and people who are even more at risk and even more vulnerable.We will be judged by how we serve those who have the least. We will be judged by how we ease the suffering of those who suffer most and we will be judged by how we help those who are helpless.We need peace for health and if we have that peace, we can succeed with our partners to deliver health for peace.

  • The WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network Virtual Meeting

    Following the postponement of the face to face Network meeting which had been planned for June, the WHO Network Secretariat and the Network Meeting Organizing Committee would like to invite Network Participants to an online event to learn more about the Network and to hear about plans for some online Network events taking place later in 2020.

  • The latest list of participants of the WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network

    The WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network was recently joined by new institutions. As of 1 June 2020 the WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network counts 88 institutions participating from 50 Member States.Read more about the Network