The Jacksonville Nonprofit Hospital Partnership, a coalition of local health care organizations, has developed a racial health equity conference series in an effort to enhance awareness and understanding on factors that negatively impact the delivery of health care for members of racial and ethnic minorities.
In light of recent national and regional events and consistent community health trends, the partnership believes it is more important than ever to look at ways this community and others can overcome barriers and provide an equitable system in which every person has access to good medical care to help improve their quality of life.
Previous topics, details and recordings from this series are included below.
Race & Place: COVID-19 – Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions
Rooting ourselves in resiliency, a panel of local African American doctors weighed in on the myths, misconceptions and facts about Coronavirus and how we can save African American lives.
- Dr. William L. Cody, an OB-GYN at Ascension St. Vincent’s
- Dr. Timothy Groover, president of physician alignment at Baptist Health
- Dr. Leon L. Haley, Jr., CEO of UF Health Jacksonville and dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville
- Dr. Pauline Rolle, interim health officer and medical executive direct or the Duval County Department of Health
- Dr. Floyd Willis, assistant professor of family medicine, Mayo Clinic
The presentation was moderated by Lynn Sherman (Baptist Health). Watch and listen to the full presentation below.
Racial Health Equity Conferences
This conference series launched in September 2020 and held monthly sessions which concluded in December 2020. The series had a total of more than 745 attendees. While the target audience was for those in Jacksonville, FL and surrounding communities, multiple attendees joined from other states across our nation, including California, Vermont, Washington State and Georgia.
Topic 1: Advocating for your health
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020
Who Should Attend: All interested in learning how to advocate for their personal health
- Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, FACEP, professor & associate dean of community engagement, equity & inclusion at Emory University School of Medicine
- Susan Salahshor, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, Salashor Leadership & Advocacy Group
The conference was moderated by Ed Perez, President and CEO of the Three Grains of Rice Mission. More than 150 attendees joined.
View and listen to the presentation at this link.
Topic 2: How does race impact health, and what can be done to bring health equity?
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
Who Should Attend: All interested in learning how to create health equity
- Kelli Wells, MD, medical director of medical affairs at Florida Blue
- Syeachia Dennis, MD, assistant professor of the department of family and community medicine, community medicine curriculum director in he Office of the Dean, Tulsa
- Allie Braswell, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Vystar
189 attendees joined the conference. View and listen to the whole presentation below.
Topic 3: Bias in health care
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020
Who Should Attend: Health care clinicians and administrators, stakeholders and health care advocates
- Diana Lautenberger, director of diversity & inclusion and Women in Medicine & Science at the Association of American Medical Colleges
- Ronald Wyatt, MD, patient safety officer at MCIC Vermont
More than 180 attendees joined this conference. View and listen to the full presentation below.
Topic 4: Achieving equity in health care
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
Who Should Attend: Health care clinicians and administrators, stakeholders and healthcare advocates
CME credits are available for health care professionals.
- David Ansell, MD, MPH, senior vice president and associate provost for community health equity at the Rush University Medical Center
- Pamela Mitchell-Boyd, system director of Diversity, Inclusion & Language Services at AMITA Health
- Carl Lavender, chief equity officer of the Healthy St. Petersburg Foundation
More than 220 attendees joined this conference. View and listen to the full presentation below.
The Jacksonville Nonprofit Hospital Partnership is a partnership between Ascension St. Vincent’s, Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic Florida and UF Health Jacksonville. It was founded in 2012.