Exploring the Impact of Health IT on Consumer Engagement and Empowerment for Communities of Color

Please join the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a webinar entitled, "Exploring the Impact of Health IT on Consumer Engagement and Empowerment for Communities of Color" on April 24th, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET. Transforming the nation's health care system will not happen without addressing health equity and health disparities that persist in our health care system. Health IT offers significant opportunities to improve health care access and quality in a way that can promote improved health outcomes and equity for all. During this webinar participants will hear from national experts on scalable examples of ways in which we can maximize the benefit of Health IT for all. 

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  1. Demonstrate the potential of Health IT on consumer engagement and the health care experience for communities of color
  2. Highlight innovations in health care intended to address health equity and health disparities
  3. Highlight current eHealth tools to promote health and wellness among communities of color
  4. Examine future opportunities to engage community-based organizations and communities of color in payment reform and care delivery reform programs 

Opening Remarks from:

Dr. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE

Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Dr. Gracia leads the Office of Minority Health’s efforts to improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities by developing policies and programs to reduce health disparities and advance health equity.  She is a pediatrician and epidemiologist by training.  Dr. Gracia is a first-generation Haitian-American and holds degrees from Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Dr. Karen DeSalvo is the National Coordinator for Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a physician who has served as a leader through her 20-year career toward improving access to affordable, high quality care for all people with a focus on vulnerable populations through her direct care, medical education and administrative roles. Before coming to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, she was the New Orleans Health Commissioner and New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu’s Senior Health Policy Advisor. Before joining the Mayor’s administration, Dr. DeSalvo was a professor of medicine and vice dean for community affairs and health policy at Tulane University School of Medicine.
Dr. DeSalvo was recognized as one of "Women of Excellence in Health Care" by the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus and named a "Children’s Hero" by the Children's Bureau of New Orleans and Family Service of New Orleans named her as one of their Ten Outstanding Persons. In 2013, Governing Magazine named Dr. DeSalvo one of nine Public Officials of the Year.
She earned her Medical Doctorate and Master's in Public Health from Tulane University, and Master's in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health.


Erin Mackay, National Partnership for Women and Families
Erin Mackay is the associate director of health information technology programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families.  In her role, Erin Mackay manages the Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a coalition of consumer and patient advocacy organizations working to advance health IT in ways that measurably improve the lives of individuals and their families.  She also leads the organization’s work on care planning and patient-generated health data.  
Shane Hickey, MBA, MS, National Association of Community Health Centers
Shane is the Director of Health Information Technology Support for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  In this role, he spearheads the national health information technology strategy and support program for the trade association representing over 9,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) sites across all 50 states and US territories.  He possesses an extensive education and acumen in health care information technology management, business, and project management, and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings such as a multistate continuing care retirement community, a large, integrated healthcare delivery system, and FQHCs.  Prior to joining NACHC, he worked for MedStar Health where he managed and implemented large scale, innovative HIT projects for a $4.2 billion system that included the implementation, training, and support of an ambulatory electronic health record system, interfaces, a data center migration, ePrescribing, patient portal, secure messaging, and population health tools.
He earned Master degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems Management from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Silas Buchanan, Institue for eHealth Equity
Silas Buchanan is co-founder and CEO at the Institute for eHealth Equity. He is a passionate leader dedicated to building partnerships and crafting solutions that leverage Health Information Technology (HIT) to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities. He is responsible for defining the Institute’s strategy for educating rural and underserved communities and communities of color about the benefits of adopting and utilizing Health Information Technology (HIT). He works closely with public and private stakeholders to identify actionable ehealth equity improvement opportunities that also support sustainable broadband adoption and digital inclusion efforts for underserved populations. 
Luis Belen, National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved 
Luis Belen is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT), having served as a Senior Consultant and provided in depth professional services in education and outreach in four pilot sites in CA, FL, GA and TX, with a focus on the engagement of Latino providers in those communities. He serves as founding national chair of the HIMSS Latino Community, an initiative that focuses on the health IT needs of the Latino community, currently constituting the nation’s largest minority at 16 percent of the U.S. population, with projected growth to 30 percent of the U.S. population by 2050. Luis also serves on the Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) Trans-disciplinary Collaborative Center’s Health Information Technology Policy Advisory Board.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in New York, NY and attended the A Better Chance program in Swarthmore, PA. 
Moderated By:

Fadesola Adetosoye, MS, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

Fadesola is an experienced Health Policy and Federal Affairs professional in the healthcare industry as it relates to healthcare policy, program/project management and infrastructure development. She is the Public Affairs Manager for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Public Affairs Manager, she leads communications and partnership efforts between the organization and stakeholders with interests in payment reform and new care delivery models. She serves as a senior advisor to ONC leadership on various health IT and health policy issues. Fadesola holds both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree from The George Washington University. 

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