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Day One

Reflecting Upon Health Equity Lessons Learned in 2020

9:00am - 9:30am

9:45am - 10:30am

10:45am - 11:30am

11:45am - 12:30pm

12:30pm-  1:30pm

1:45pm - 2:30pm

2:45pm - 3:45pm

4:00pm - 4:45pm

4:45pm - 5:00pm

5:00pm - 6:00pm


Global Disparities in COVID-19 Response

How Racism Affects the Mental Health of Black Children

COVID-19: Frontline Perspectives

Lunch & Global Disparities Breakout Rooms

Keynote Address

Executive Panel: Paving a Path Towards Health Equity

Trial by Fire: Health Equity Lessons from Vaccine Development


Happy Hour & Informal Networking



Fireside Chat









Day Two

Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Health Equity Over Time

9:00am - 9:30am

9:45am - 10:30am

10:45am - 11:30am

11:45am - 12:30pm

12:30pm-  1:30pm

1:45pm - 2:30pm

2:45pm - 3:30pm

3:45pm - 4:30pm

4:45pm - 5:00pm

5:00pm - 6:00pm



Fireside Chat








Morning Meditation

Pressing Pause: The Impact of Delayed Care on Health Equity

Telemedicine: Ensuring Adoption & Access for All

Promoting Widespread Access-to-Care

Lunch & Access-to-Care Breakout Rooms

Keynote Address

Innovative & Equity-Oriented Healthcare Delivery Models 

Loud & Clear? The Changing Role of Public Health & Policy


Happy Hour & Informal Networking


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The faculty, students, and alumnae of the Health Management Program at the Yale School of Public Health are proud to celebrate and honor the memory of Professor John D. Thompson with the John D. Thompson Distinguished Visiting Fellow Award. This award pays tribute to Professor Thompson’s contributions as an educator, researcher, and mentor in health administration, including his pioneering work in healthcare finance and hospital quality of care.

This year, we are proud to present this award to Pamela Sutton-Wallace.

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Pamela Sutton-Wallace joined NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) in November 2019 and, today, serves as Group Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Weill Cornell Division, providing oversight for the Weill Cornell, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens campuses. Prior to her appointment at NYP, Pam was the Chief Executive Officer at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia from 2014 to 2019. She also served as Acting Executive President for Health Affairs during her last six months overseeing the strategic direction and operations of UVA Health.

Prior to arriving at UVA, she served as Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations at Duke University Hospital from 2011 to 2014. From 1997, she held several leadership positions with Duke University Health System, including the oversight of Ambulatory Services, Inpatient Operations, and Surgical Services. She has a diverse health care background with experience in the pharmaceutical, insurance, and research industries. 

Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH

Group Senior VP & COO,

NYP/Weill Cornell Division

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John D. Thompson (1917-1992) was a Professor at Yale’s Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health, and is perhaps best known for his role in the development of Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) for hospital reimbursement. A true innovator, Professor Thompson was an early advocate for the application of quantitative data in health policy formulation. Today’s healthcare management students and leaders continue to be inspired by his compassion for patients, dedication to research, and belief in the power of data.  The John Devereaux Thompson Academic Development Fund was created in his honor.

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Keynote Speaker

Marcella Nunez-Smith  MD, MHS

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Associate Dean for Health Equity Research; Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management; and Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) in the Office for Health Equity Research at Yale School of Medicine. ERIC’s research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on centering community engagement, supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases.


Dr. Nunez-Smith currently serves as Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team and Chair of the DHHS COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Previously, she served as co-chair of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and community committee chair for the ReOpen Connecticut Advisory Group on behalf of Connecticut Governor Lamont. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded grants.


Dr. Nunez-Smith is also Director of the Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the Yale Cancer Center; Chief Health Equity Officer at Smilow Cancer Hospital; Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program; Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership; and Co-Director of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship.


Dr. Nunez-Smith is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, where she also received a Masters in Health Sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; she earned a BA in Biological Anthropology and Psychology at Swarthmore College.


Opening Address

Sten H. Vermund  MD, PhD

Dr. Sten H. Vermund is the Dean and M. R. Lauder Professor of the Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a Pediatrician and infectious disease Epidemiologist focused on diseases of low and middle income countries. His work on HIV-HPV interactions among women in Bronx methadone programs motivated a change in the 1993 CDC AIDS case surveillance definition and inspired cervical cancer screening programs launched within HIV/AIDS programs around the world.


The thrust of his research has focused on health care access, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, and prevention of HIV transmission among general and key populations, including mother-to-child. Dr. Vermund has become increasingly engaged in health policy, particularly around sustainability of HIV/AIDS programs and their expansion to non-communicable diseases, coronavirus pandemic response and prevention, and public health workforce development.

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Trent T. Haywood  MD, JD

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of KNOWALITY 

In late 2019, Dr. Trent Haywood founded KNOWALITY LLC, a venture services firm dedicated to accelerating market adoption of innovative healthcare services and products that improve population health. By increasing the speed of market adoption for proven health care services, KNOWALITY is increasing the likelihood of Americans living a healthier life.


Most recently, Dr. Haywood served as Chief Medical Officer of the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Association where he was responsible for guiding medical policy and clinical programs for the association's 36 member health plans. In addition, he served as President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute, a benefit corporation focused on addressing social determinants of health for BCBS plans.

Previously, Dr. Haywood led national efforts to implement value-based healthcare as Chief Medical Officer at VHA, Inc. and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He earned a medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University.


Valerie Montgomery-Rice  MD, FACOG

President & Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine  

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, provides a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. Marrying her transformational leadership acumen and strategic thinking to tackle challenging management issues, she has a track record of redesigning complex organizations’ infrastructures to reflect the needs of evolving strategic environments and position the organization for success through sustainability tactics.  

The sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the freestanding medical institution, Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011.  

Prior to joining MSM, Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers.  Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.  


Isaac Agboola  MD

Emergency Medicine Chief Resident

at the Yale School of Medicine  

Dr. Isaac K. Agboola, is a rising Chief Resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. His areas of interest are health equity, global health, and agitation management. He received a Master’s of Science in Medical Physiology from Loyola University Chicago and completed medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He recently first-authored a publication in Annals of Emergency Medicine, “The Coats That We Can Take Off and the Ones We Can’t”, where he discusses the role of trauma-informed care in the approach to agitated patients in the emergency department. 


He previously served as a Podcast Host for the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association’s (EMRA) podcast, EMRA Cast. He is currently working on the COVID Prisoner Project, and has volunteered for multiple medical mission trips in the past, including to Peru and Cambodia. He was recently accepted to the Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars program.  He is currently Chair of the resident-led Diversity Committee within the Yale Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency. He is also a founder of the social EM longitudinal curriculum for his residency. 

Edieal Pinker  PhD, MS

BearingPoint Professor of Operations Research & Chief Academic Officer of the Yale School of Management

Edieal Pinker is the BearingPoint Professor of Operations Research at the Yale School of Management where he also serves as Chief Academic Officer and Deputy Dean.  He has a PhD and MS in Operations Research from MIT and BA in Mathematics from Columbia University.


Pinker’s current research includes predictive modeling in healthcare using machine learning methods and its integration with decision making processes.   His previous research on management topics has included the use of flexible workforces, work and workflow design in healthcare, online auctions, and responses to terrorist threats among others.


He has served on the editorial boards of several leading journals in his field such as Management Science and Operations Research. His teaching is focused on Healthcare Operations.


Saad B. Omar  MBBS, MPH,


Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, & Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology at Yale Schools of Medicine & Public Health

Dr. Saad B. Omer is the Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, and a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Yale University, Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He has conducted studies in the United States, Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and South Africa.


Dr Omer’s research portfolio includes epidemiology of respiratory viruses such as influenza, RSV, and - more recently - SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19); clinical trials to estimate efficacy of maternal and/or infant influenza, pertussis, polio, measles and pneumococcal vaccines; and trials to evaluate drug regimens to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV.


He has published over 340 papers in peer reviewed journals and has mentored over 100 junior faculty, clinical, and research post-doctoral fellows and PhD and other

graduate students. 

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Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee


Senior Vice President & Chief Community Impact Officer of Ascension

In her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Community Impact Officer of Ascension, Dr. Duperval-Brownlee, oversees the development and implementation of strategies to strengthen communities within Ascension markets through investment in healthcare delivery, programs and facilities. 


With a passion for health equity, Dr. Duperval-Brownlee led initiatives including the standardization, collection and stratification of Race, Ethnicity and Language data across Ascension, the national COVID-19 vaccine equity task force, and the Community Health Improvement effort to strengthen equitable access and quality of care for vulnerable persons served, addressing social and environmental factors impacting health. Her work has contributed to double-digit improvement in areas of Chronic Disease Management, with significant improvements and disparity reduction among vulnerable populations.

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Fatima Hassan  LLM

Founder & Head of the Health

Justice Initiative (HJI)

Fatima Hassan is a human rights lawyer and social justice activist, and the founder of the HJI.  She has dedicated her professional life to defending and promoting human rights in South Africa, especially in the field of HIV/AIDS where she worked for the AIDS Law Project and also acted for the Treatment Action Campaign in many of its legal cases. She has an LL.M from Duke University, and  clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa for Justice Kate O'Regan and has served as the Special Adviser to former Minister Barbara Hogan. 


She is currently serving on the Board of Global Witness, and is also the recipient of several fellowships and awards. These include: the Franklin Thomas SA Constitutional Court Fellowship; and the Tom and Andi Bernstein Distinguished Human Rights Fellowship at Yale University’s School of Law.


Adaeze Enekwechi  PhD, MPP

Healthcare Executive & Health

Policy Professional

Adaeze Enekwechi is a healthcare executive and leading voice in US health policy including Medicare payments, health equity and evidence-based policy making.

Dr. Enekwechi most recently served as the President of IMPAQ, a 400-person, $100 million policy research, implementation and advanced analytics company focused on health, workforce, and international development.

Dr. Enekwechi was the head of Health Programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, where she provided policy, management, and regulatory oversight for over $1.6 trillion in spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and a range of programs across all federal health agencies


Paul S. Viviano  MPH

President & Chief Executive Officer of Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Paul S. Viviano is a health care leader and a prominent national children’s health advocate, with more than three decades of experience guiding health care organizations to deliver excellence in clinical care, research and education. Viviano joined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as President and CEO in 2015 and serves as a member of the hospital’s Board of Directors and

Foundation Board of Trustees.


As part of his efforts in support of child health care, Viviano is actively involved with several state and national organizations committed to protecting and preserving preventative, acute and specialty health care for children. He is the Immediate Past Board Chair of the California Children’s Hospital Association (CCHA) and continues to serve on the Association’s Board of Directors. He represents the CCHA on the California Hospital Association Board and also serves on the CHA Board Executive Committee.   

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Jorge A. Rodriguez  MD

Hospitalist & Technology Equity Researcher at Brigham & Women's Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Dr. Rodriguez's research and passion lie in the meaningful intersection of medicine, social justice, and technology. He is a technology equity researcher and hospitalist in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He completed his Internal Medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He also completed a Clinical Informatics fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


Prior to his current position, he was Medical Director of Clinical Informatics at Lawrence General Hospital where he oversaw an electronic health record transition in a safety-net hospital. He is currently focused on bridging disparities in patient-facing health technology, including patient portal, mobile apps, and telehealth.


Britton Costa  CFA, MBA

Team Head of 'Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals' and 'Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging, & Leisure' at

Fitch Ratings

Britton Costa is the Team Head for the Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging, & Leisure sectors at Fitch Ratings. Britton is responsible for the ratings, research, and outreach of the analysts on these teams.


Britton joined Fitch in 2011 and, in addition to his coverage responsibilities, served as the chairperson of the Corporate Criteria Advisory Forum, a critical cross-region role in Fitch’s criteria and policy development, application, and outreach. He held roles on the buy-side prior to joining Fitch, and holds an MBA from Yale, a BA from Fairfield University, and is a CFA charterholder.

Lisa A. Newman  MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO

Director of the Breast Disease Program & Chief of the Surgery Section at Cornell-Presbyterian & Adjunct Professor at MD Anderson

Dr. Newman is a surgical oncologist with a practice dedicated to breast cancer management, who also conducts research focused on race/ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcomes, applications for neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and special surgical techniques.


Prior to joining the Weill Cornell Medicine- New York Presbyterian Hospital Network, Dr. Newman was Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Care Center at the University of Michigan.


Dr. Newman completed her undergraduate education and  received a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University, she attended the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn for her medical degree and general surgery residency, and pursued fellowship training in surgical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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LaRon E. Nelson  PhD, RN, FNP,


Independence Foundation Professor &  Associate Dean of Global Affairs 

& Planetary Health at Yale University 

LaRon E. Nelson is the Independence Foundation Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean of Global Affairs and Planetary Health at Yale University. He is also co-director of the Research Education Initiative for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) Fellowship program in the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.


In Canada, Prof. Nelson is the current holder of the OHTN Research Chair in Implementation Science with Black Communities based at St. Michael’s

Hospital in Toronto.


He has received numerous honors including a Canadian Rising Star in Global Health, the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the President’s Trailblazer Award by the National Black Nurses Association.

He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Health, is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Adolescent Health and an Associate Editor for the Global Health section of BMC Public Health

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Julius L. Chen  PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management at Columbia University

Julius L. Chen, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University and an Affiliate of the Columbia Population Research Center.


Dr. Chen's research utilizes empirical microeconomics to evaluate innovative strategies designed to improve the production and financing of health care.  In particular, his ongoing work studies employer-led initiatives to redesign provider networks and implement value-based payment, as well as the impact of convenient care models on quality and spending outcomes.


Dr. Chen earned his BA in economics with highest honors and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley; received his MS and PhD, both in applied economics, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; and completed his research training in health care policy at Harvard University.

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Debbie Salas-Lopez  MD, MPH

Senior Vice President of Community & Population Health at Northwell Health & Professor of Medicine at the  Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

 As senior vice president of community and population health, Debbie Salas-Lopez, MD, MPH, oversees Northwell Health’s community and public health strategy, including community health investment, community relations, strategic community partnerships, the Center for Equity of Care, as well as the smoking cessation, human trafficking and Food as Health programs. 

Dr. Salas-Lopez’s leadership was critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her team have partnered with various community and faith-based leaders to identify their most-pressing needs, which became the catalyst for Northwell’s faith-based testing initiative — a program where Northwell partners with community and faith-based centers to offer free diagnostic and serology (antibody) testing. Dr. Salas-Lopez is also leading the Long Island Regional Health Equity Task Force, which has been tasked with providing equitable and safe COVID-19 vaccine distribution and education to lower-income communities. 

Isaac R. Rodriguez-Chavez


Senior Vice President of Scientific & Clinical Affairs at PRA Health Sciences 

Dr. Isaac R. Rodriguez-Chavez is a biomedical leader with expertise in Infectious Diseases, Viral Immunology, Viral Oncology, and Vaccinology. Currently, he is a Senior Vice President for Scientific & Clinical Affairs, leading the Strategy of the Global Center of Excellence for Decentralized Clinical Trials, PRA Health Sciences.


Past positions in the last 32 years include: FDA, CDER Senior Officer for Clinical Research Methodology, Regulatory Compliance and Policy Development modernizing clinical research through Decentralized Clinical Trials enabled by Digital Health Technologies; CEO/Founder, 4Biosolutions Biomedical Consulting Firm; Vice President, Research, Texas Biomedical Research Institute; and, Director of HIV Clinical Research Programs, NIH.


He has a PhD in Virology and Immunology; a MS in Microbiology; a MHS in Clinical Research; and a B.S. in Biology


Carrie Cochran-McClain  MPA

Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy at the National Rural Health Association

Carrie Cochran-McClain serves as the Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy at the NRHA. She is the head lobbyist for the association and is responsible for driving the policy agenda for rural health for the 21,000 member organization.


Carrie has more than 18 years of experience working in federal health policy development, including leadership roles at Health Management Associates, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. In her previous positions she has focused on improving health care outcomes, promoting health equity for vulnerable populations, and advising on health care policy issues.


Carrie earned a BA in sociology from Willamette University and an MPA with a concentration in health policy and management from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She currently is completing a doctor of public health at the UNC Gillings School. Her research focuses on access to obstetrical care in rural areas.

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Erica Brown

Program Officer at the Milbank Memorial Fund

Erica Brown is a Program Officer at the Milbank Memorial Fund where she leads the organization’s work to support state health officials by connecting them with evidence, best practices, and population health resources. She also leads the Fund’s Health of Aging Populations initiative that helps states advance interagency policies and programs that empower older adults to age in home and community environments.


Prior to Milbank, Erica held leadership positions in state & local government and philanthropy where she advanced evidence-based policies and programs targeting the social determinants of health. Most recently, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor for Harris County Judge (County Executive) Lina Hidalgo where she developed policy positions on issues related to public health, education, housing, and human services. 

Erica holds a Master’s of Public Policy from Brown University and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a passionate advocate for the use of data and evidence to inform public policy. 

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Laine Taylor  DO, MBA

Medical Director of the Village for Families & Children

Laine Taylor's position at The Village as Medical Director gives her the ability to engage with kids and families directly, while also thinking about how systems or programs can work to improve lives and our community.  

Prior to working at The Village for Families and Children, she was assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and worked on the child psychiatric inpatient service for seven years.  As a Young Black Woman, she was empowered to enter medicine through her education at a Historically Black University, Xavier University of Louisiana and went on to Missouri for medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  While in medical school, she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Business-Healthcare Leadership concentration.  She completed general psychiatry residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.  Finally, she completed her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at The Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, CT.  

Angie V. Sanchez  MD

Assistant Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital CARE Research Center, & Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School 

Angie V. Sanchez, MD, is a physician-scientist with family and community projections, dedicated to the health, well-being and advancement of communities. She has experience with vulnerable communities such as rural and low-income populations, and expertise in conducting health promotion and disease prevention programs in hospitals and community health centers located in underserved neighborhoods of Colombia.


She is currently a research fellow of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and the assistant director of the Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is dedicated to investigating the science of community engagement to develop new strategies to improve access to research, health care services, and quality of life in vulnerable communities according to their individual needs.

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Amanda J. Calhoun  MD, MPH

Psychiatry Resident at the Yale Child Study Center & Yale School of Medicine 

Amanda J. Calhoun, MD, MPH, is a second-year Adult/Child Psychiatry Resident at the Yale Child Study Center and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Calhoun was also recently accepted into the Yale Investigative Medicine Program and will be pursing her PhD during residency.


Dr. Calhoun is building a body of research around the mitigation of the mental health effects of racism on Black/African American girls and youth. She aims to increase representation of African and African Diaspora populations, both in the USA and abroad, in academic research.


Dr. Calhoun has first authored a plethora of manuscripts and has given a myriad of Grand Rounds presentations and protest speeches exposing racism in the medical system and appeared on national television. Dr. Calhoun believes that all doctors should be activists and promotes the integration of anti-racism with medical education.

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Stella Whitney-West  MBA

Chief Executive Officer of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center

Stella Whitney-West is CEO of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center; a federally qualified health center serving over 28,000 residents in North Minneapolis and Hennepin County. NorthPoint, which provides comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, and human services, has realized dramatic growth in patients, revenue, and mission effectiveness under her leadership. 


Ms. Whitney-West has extensive experience in governance and policy and has been honored with several leadership and fellowship awards including a Bush Leadership Fellowship, The International Black Women’s Congress Community Service, and as a 2015 Women’s Health Leadership TRUST honoree. Ms. Whitney-West serves on the Twin Cities LISC Advisory Board, the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers (MNACHC) Board and is Co-Chair of the board of Directors of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF).


Petra Khoury  PharmD

Public Health Advisor for the Government of Lebanon

Petra currently serves as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Lebanon on public health affairs. Petra leads the national COVID-19 committee, whereby a national response strategy was developed that has contributed majorly to the containment of coronavirus in Lebanon during the first wave, and subsequently the management of the surges in the second wave. She has also chaired the National Drug Committee that developed a public health drug strategy to manage the effect of the subsidy removal.

Petra helped lead one of the most challenging digital transformation projects in the country and in healthcare the implementation EPIC Electronic healthcare record as well as  Pyxis (automated dispensary machines) at AUBMC.

Petra graduated with a Doctor in pharmacy degree from the Lebanese American University and subsequently completed her pharmacy residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard University in Boston where she specialized in infectious diseases and thereafter completed a postgraduate program “Quality, Safety, leadership and Informatics” at Harvard Medical School.

Jacquelyn Gardner Wilson  PharmD, MSc

Senior Director, Clinician, & Clinical Trial Diversity Lead at Pfizer Inc.

Jacquelyn Wilson is a clinical trialist with over 25 years of pharmaceutical and clinical research experience. She is responsible for the design, execution, and analysis of late stage Phase 2b through Phase 4 clinical studies across multiple therapeutic areas; and responsible for evaluating the efficacy and safety of clinical drugs studies over her 17-year tenure at Pfizer. Dr. Wilson has taken part in several clinical trial diversity initiatives at Pfizer to improve equity in clinical trials and is currently on assignment as a Clinical Trial Diversity Lead and a member of the Pfizer Multicultural Health Equity Collective.


Dr. Wilson received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine with honors from Hibernia University,

Dublin Ireland.

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Robert S. Galvin  MD

Chief Executive Officer & Equity Healthcare Operating Partner of the Blackstone Group

Dr. Robert Galvin is the Chief Executive Officer of Equity Healthcare (EH), a healthcare management company serving firms owned by private equity. EH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Blackstone Group, where Dr. Galvin is an Operating Partner. 

Dr. Galvin is a nationally recognized leader in the areas of employer- sponsored insurance, quality measurement, and payment reform. He was one of the founders of the value-based purchasing movement and has started three non-profits in this space. His work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and Health Affairs.

Dr. Galvin is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and Professor Adjunct of Medicine at Yale, and was a recipient of the John D. Thompson award from the Yale School of Public Health. He serves on the boards of three for-profit companies, and is Chairman of the Board of CPR. 

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