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Dr. Gracia Gives Keynote Address at Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium

posted May 20, 2013, 7:38 AM by Jae Moon   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:23 PM by Tech Support ]
On October 31, 2013, CHA will present a full-day symposium to celebrate the second anniversary of the CHA Diversity Collaborative: From Intent to Impact. The keynote address will be presented by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Under Dr. Gracia’s leadership, the Office of Minority Health oversees the implementation for the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. Dr. Gracia will present Embracing the New Enhanced CLAS Standards: A Pathway to Better Healthcare.

Providing opening remarks as symposium emcee will be Christopher Dadlez, Immediate Past Chairman of the CHA Board of Trustees and President and CEO of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, who has been instrumental in leading CHA’s statewide diversity collaborative. Frederick Hobby, President and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, will moderate a panel of Connecticut hospitals presenting on diversity initiatives. 

Geronimo Rodriguez, Jr., Vice President of Diversity and Community Outreach, Seton Healthcare Family, Austin, Texas, will present Innovation, Transformation of Healthcare Delivery, and Interpretation for the Global Community. Angela Wilkes, Director, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability, Owens & Minor, and Julia Litvak, Sourcing Excellence Programs Director, Covidien, will discuss strategies for increasing supplier diversity.

The October 31 event marks the two-year anniversary of the multi-year, statewide initiative designed to engage hospital teams in educational programs that involve implementing improvement strategies, sharing best practices, and measuring and tracking progress to achieve Collaborative goals.