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The Equity Exchange: The State of DEI

The Equity Exchange is a new, equity-focused virtual event, hosted by NICHQ’s Department of Health Equity Innovation. This series provides a unique space to exchange innovative ideas, learn and discuss emerging theories, and share resources and tools on topics related to equity in maternal and child health. Expect something different than your standard webinar, with more ways to interact and engage on our new platform. 

Our first conversation focused on the “state of equity,” and the Equity Systems Continuum, an evidence-based framework for looking at racism in organizational systems.  

Date
Length
1 hour
Speakers
Stacy Scott, PhD., MPA, VP Health Equity Innovation at NICHQ
Michelle Edison, MPH, MS, Director of Network Development at the Pathways Community HUB Institute®
Avery Margenot, MPH, Certified Doula, Equity Consultant with Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, and Manager of Sexual & Reproductive Health at Cityblock Health

From Awareness to Action: Strategies for Combating Racism in Health Systems

Racism continues to adversely affect the health of families across the country. There are stark racial disparities in health outcomes for moms and babies; and families of color have shared countless stories that reveal disturbing differences in care. 

Thus, the need to combat racism is undeniable, especially for those working in public health and health care. But what does this look like for an individual? This third webinar in our series on health equity focuses on providing strategies and guidance that individuals can use to identify and address racism and racial bias. 

After watching the webinar, viewers will be able to:

  • Understand and contextualize the three levels of racism: internalized, interpersonal and institutionalized/structural racism
  • Apply a racial equity lens to collective impact-based health improvement initiatives using six guiding questions 
  • Identify key strategies for designing intentional, action-oriented, and strengths-based approaches to start and sustain an equity-focused organizational culture shift 
Date
Length

1 hour

Moderator

Pat Heinrich, RN, MSN, CLE

Speakers

Stacy Scott, Phd, MPA, NICHQ Senior Project Director and Founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center

Avery Desrosiers, MPH, Volunteer Consultant for the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center

Moving the Needle on Health Equity: Two Experts Share Successful Programs and Lessons Learned

This second webinar in our Health Equity Series shares experiences from two health equity champions: Arthur R. James, MD, an obstetrician, gynecologist and pediatrician who has sought to improve care for underserved populations for the entirety of his medical career; and Denise Evans, MM, MA, a certified facilitator on cultural intelligence and unconscious bias.

Together, they provide insights on:

  • Successful programs that have addressed health equity
  • Lessons learned about what led to those programs’ successes
  • Strategies that programs and organizations can use to champion health equity in their work
Date
Length

1 hour

Moderator

Stacy Scott, PhD, MPH

Speakers

Arthur R. James, MD

Denise Evans MM, MA

Health Equity: Start Where You Are

The first in a series of webinars to support individuals who are pursuing equity within the health system. If you have ever felt overwhelmed on where to begin with tackling such a complex subject, we invite you to watch our first webinar and join us in what will be an ongoing conversation.

Specifically, this webinar provides

  • An overview of health equity and implicit bias, and their impact on children's health
  • A modeling exercise to explore how to recognize and address individual implicit bias
  • Resources and guidance to help attendees continue this journey after the webinar
Date
Length

1 hour

Moderator

Pat Henrich, RN, MSN, CLE

Speakers

Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, NICHQ Project Director

Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA, NICHQ Chief Health Officer