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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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…


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Our Partners

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
CHI St. Luke's Health
Christus Health
Doctors Without Borders
Envision2bWell, Inc
Galen School of Nursing
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Memorial Hermann
The Methodist Hospital System
Methodist Health System
Patterson Bryant
Texas Health Resources
UT Health San Antonio
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Healthcare News

  • Telehealth and Medicare: What Happens After the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends?
    by Erin Mallonee, Rebecca McGavin, and Saira Haque

    What is telehealth? Telehealth involves using technology to facilitate healthcare interactions but has not been used extensively in Medicare in the past. The use of telehealth may be particularly relevant where there are geographic barriers such as a lack of local providers or a public health emergency such as the coronavirus pandemic. There are a… Read More » Author information Erin Mallonee Research Public Health Analyst at RTI International Erin Mallonee is a research public health analyst in RTI International’s Data Interoperability and Clinical Informatics Program. Ms. Mallonee's experience includes national and local experience evaluating the impacts of policy changes, including Medicaid expansion, the use of telehealth for medication-assisted treatment, and use of electronic referrals. | The post Telehealth and Medicare: What Happens After the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends? appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Social determinants of health: Language nuance matters
    by Amy Chepaitis, Cleo Kordomenos, & Amarilys Bernacet

    The World Health Organization (WHO) defines social determinants of health (SDOH) as the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the “conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age.” Currently, SDOH is a hot topic as stakeholders try new ways to improve individual and population health, achieve health equity, and reduce… Read More » Author information Cleo Kordomenos Cleanthe (Cleo) Kordomenos is a mixed methods public health research and policy analyst within RTI International's Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Program. Her current work includes government-funded health policy, implementation, and evaluative research advancing the health and well-being of dually-eligible Medicare-Medicaid individuals with complex health and social needs. She is an incoming MPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. | Twitter | LinkedIn | The post Social determinants of health: Language nuance matters appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Scams Come to Life During a Deadly Pandemic
    by Kimmy Moon

    COVID-19-related scams are spreading nearly as fast as COVID-19 and threatening the health and safety of our communities. Since January 2020, people across the country have filed over 426,000 COVID-19-related complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about fraud, identify theft, and other consumer protection. They have reported losses totaling over $397 million. As trusted… Read More » Author information Kimmy Moon Kimmy Moon is a 1st year MPH student at California State University, Los Angeles where she also received a BS in Public Health, with a focus in Community Health. Kimmy currently serves as project coordinator at the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) at the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. In her personal time, she serves as a long-term care advocate as well as a language-bank volunteer at a sexual assault and intimate partner violence prevention program in Los Angeles, California. | Twitter | LinkedIn | The post Scams Come to Life During a Deadly Pandemic appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Teledermatology: Strengths and Weaknesses for Implementation
    by Raj Fadadu

    A growing trend in health care, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is the implementation of telemedicine.  Telemedicine is the delivery of health-related information and services among patients and providers via telecommunication technologies.  An example is the use of video technology by doctors to evaluate, diagnose, or treat a patient instead of having a face-to-face encounter. … Read More » Author information Raj Fadadu Raj Fadadu is a 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. His other interests include developing healthcare strategies to improve patient care and expanding access to care for underserved populations. | The post Teledermatology: Strengths and Weaknesses for Implementation appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Admitting Defeat in the Fight Against Obesity
    by Corey Meador

    As we are overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, the obesity pandemic is worsening. The United States is the most obese country in the world. Is it time to admit defeat in this 30-year battle against obesity?  Only 1 in 122 mildly obese people with a primary care physician will achieve a normal weight, according to a… Read More » Author information Corey Meador Health & Media Fellow at Georgetown University, Board Certified Family Medicine Practitioner | The post Admitting Defeat in the Fight Against Obesity appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.

  • Consuming Healthcare
    by Joe Babaian

    Blog post by Joe Babaian The pharma pricing system was not built on the idea of consumer engagement. It was built… on market efficiencies. It was not built on the premise of consumerism. ~ Heather Bresch, CEO Mylan Heather’s comment is striking and it’s emblematic of the entire healthcare system as we now know it.

  • Health Literacy in K-12
    by Colin Hung

    How could health and healthcare literacy be taught in K-12? What topics should be covered? Join #hcldr tweetchat April 6th at 8:30pm ET.

  • Establishing Trust in Healthcare
    by Joe Babaian

    Blog post by Joe Babaian As a great follow up from Colin’s recent blog on vaccine hesitancy, I’d like to expand the conversation to the wider view on trust in healthcare. More than ever, we think about trust in healthcare – the system and the medical profession is rooted in experience, connections, and perception. Different

  • Dealing with Vaccine Hesitancy with Friends & Family
    by Colin Hung

    Vaccine hesitancy is real and if not dealt with, could unnecessarily extend the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully as more and more people get vaccinated, the degree of hesitancy appears to be declining. But what can you do if one of the people refusing to get the vaccine is a friend or family member? What can you

  • How do we fix a broken system?
    by Colin Hung

    At the next HCLDR tweetchat, we welcome some very special guests from Canadian College of Health Leaders. They will be leading us in a very important topic around public health + public safety + policing. You definitely won’t want to miss it. Below is an amazing post from Eileen Pepler who sets up the discussion

  • 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.