Global Health Equity Week

November 11 - 15, 2024

Schedule of Events

Attend thought-provoking sessions, hear engaging podcasts, and catch the latest news and announcements for the week. Leave with invaluable insights and actionable outcomes to help you bring health equity initiatives to your organization or community.


Monday: October 23

Empowering Health Equity

HIMSS’s Dana Trampas will discuss her role in the "sandwich generation," caring for both an elderly parent and a young child. She provides a glimpse into her role as a guest host during GHEW where she'll engage in insightful conversations with women making an impact in health equity and share her perspective on public health, highlighting its influence on various aspects of our lives, from policy evaluation to epidemiology and social determinants of health.

  • Guest Host: Dana Trampas, Digital Health Advisor, HIMSS Analytics

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Innovation and Partnership: COVID-19 Exposure Notifications in Washington State

In partnership with the University of Washington, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Microsoft Research, the Brotman Baty Institute, Amazon Web Services, MITRE, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the Internet Security Research Group, the National Institutes of Health, and the Linux Foundation, the Washington State Department of Health implemented “WA Notify,” a novel, privacy-preserving, exposure notification tool created to complement traditional contract tracing processes.

Announcement coming soon.

Getting Real About #HealthEquity: The Patient Advocacy Revolution

In this episode, Dana Trampas introduces Shonta Chambers, who is a seasoned nonprofit executive and public health expert with over 20 years of experience. As the Executive Vice President of Health Equity Initiatives and Community Engagement at Patient Advocate Foundation, she leads the charge in addressing health disparities. Her pioneering initiatives empower minority populations with limited health literacy, ensuring they gain a firm grasp of medicine and healthcare.

  • Host: Dana Trampas, Digital Health Advisor, HIMSS Analytics
  • Podcast Guest: Shonta Chambers, MSW, EVP Health Equity and Community Engagement, Patient Advocate Foundation

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Tuesday: October 24

Congressional Breakfast Briefing: Artificial Intelligence and the Path Forward to Health Equity

8:30 am-10:00 am ET

Join the HIMSS Government Relations team for an in-person breakfast briefing to discuss AI’s role in the future of health and health equity.

Featuring remarks from:

  • Representative Don Beyer (D-VA)
  • Representative Jay Obernolte (R-CA)
  • Dr. Micky Tripathi, National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Anne Snowdon, Chief Scientific Research Officer, HIMSS
  • Dr. Chris Gibbons, Founder & CEO, The Greystone Group
  • Ben Moscovitch, Public Policy, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Amazon Web Services
  • Mary Griskewicz, Director Federal Government Affairs, Policy, Evernorth (Moderator)

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Mission Possible: Closing the Gap through Digital Transformation | A Journey with First Nations in Alberta, 2008-2023

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET | A Canadian Prairies Chapter Webinar

This presentation by OKAKI will provide an overview of key eHealth challenges and milestones over 15 years of working with First Nations in Alberta, from implementing the first electronic health records on reserve, to achieving real-time electronic integration with the province. An example of health inequities will be presented in the context of immunization.

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From Grassroots to Leadership: Uniting LGBTQ+ Advocacy & #HealthEquity 


In this episode, Dana Trampas talks with Christopher Roman, a seasoned digital strategist and marketing analyst, and a leading voice in the intersection of LGBTQ+ advocacy and health equity. As the Executive Director of OutCare Health, Chris is unwavering in his commitment to bridging healthcare gaps and championing LGBTQ+ affirming resources, ensuring that underserved communities have equitable access to essential care. His leadership, dedication to health equity, and marketing prowess make him an invaluable asset to the team.

  • Host: Dana Trampas, Digital Health Advisor, HIMSS Analytics
  • Guest: Christopher Roman (he/him), Executive Director, OutCare Health

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Global Health Equity Summit

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm ET | A Colorado Chapter Meetup

We have leaned into our community leaders to share and discuss the value that Colorado has placed on SDOH, Mental Health, DEI, and Public Health with our CHIMSS members.

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Wednesday: October 25

Access to Care and Adoption of Digital Technologies

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET | Webinar

Access to Care and Adoption of Digital Technology is a rich and complex topic inclusive of other components.  Addressing these issues requires a multifaceted approach that considers economic, social, and technological factors aiming to ensure equitable access to healthcare and the successful integration of digital technology into healthcare delivery.  It is especially nuanced at the health center level.  We will explore and discuss these challenges and some solutions our guests have used at their Federally Qualified Health Center.

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Maternal Health Equity: Bridging Gaps Through Diverse Perspectives

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET | A New York State Chapter Webinar

Join us for an enlightening webinar during HIMSS Global Health Equity Week, as we delve into maternal health and its intricate connection with social determinants of health. We will explore the profound impact of cultural, racial, and linguistic factors on maternal care experiences and outcomes. Our panelists, representing diverse perspectives from patient, provider, and community angles, will share their stories, insights, and strategies for fostering equitable maternal health practices.

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Dallas County Public Health Disease Surveillance and Investigation System

The Disease Surveillance and Investigation System provided critical data during the COVID-19 pandemic that was critical for monitoring disease trends and providing inputs to inform policy decision-making about interventions to reduce transmission. This system has also been leveraged beyond COVID-19, as it employed the HIMSS Davies Award Case Study Template 2 to address the recent Mpox outbreak. Similarly, the system allowed Dallas County to rapidly begin tracking cases and contacts in Dallas County, providing the ability to identify potential at-risk populations and deploy appropriate public health campaigns.

Announcement coming soon.

Trailblazers for Justice: Advocacy in Healthcare and Human Trafficking


In this episode, Dana Trampas introduces Dr. Chang, a powerhouse in the fight for healthcare equity and against human trafficking. As the Director of Human Trafficking and Healthcare Policy at Asian Health Services, she's a beacon of hope for vulnerable communities. Dr. Chang's boundless passion, brilliance, and innovation make her an indispensable force in the battle against human trafficking and the pursuit of fair healthcare, a compassionate leader in every sense.

  • Host: Dana Trampas, Digital Health Advisor, HIMSS Analytics
  • Guest: Kimberly Seu Gin Chang, MD, MPH, Director of Human Trafficking and Healthcare Policy Asian Health Services, Executive Board, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), Health Partners on IPV + Exploitation, Futures Without Violence, Member, National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the US

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Thursday: October 26

Non-Profit Women Led - Impact Makers


As we celebrate Global Health Equity Week, it’s worth taking a moment to look at the state of women working in the nonprofit sector who share a commitment to realizing the full health potential of every human, everywhere. In a field where so many women find their calling, what is it that drives us?

Announcement coming soon.

Georgia Chapter Lunch and Learn

11:30 am – 1:00 pm ET | A Georgia Chapter Meetup

Meet with the Georgia Chapter in Atlanta to discuss health equity, social determinants of health, and value-based care.

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Fueling Up on Resilience: A Candid Conversation with Anne Snowdon


In this episode, Dana Trampas talks with Dr. Anne Snowdon, a trailblazer in healthcare strategy and equity, with extensive research contributions spanning health system innovation and transformation, supply chain, automotive health and safety, and injury prevention. Dr. Snowdon's work extends to advancing workforce sustainability and economic recovery post-pandemic. Explore her inspiring journey in this podcast episode.

  • Host: Dana Trampas, Digital Health Advisor, HIMSS Analytics
  • Guest: Anne Snowdon, RN, PhD, FAAN, Chief Scientific Research Officer, HIMSS Analytics, Scientific Director & CEO, SCAN Health Canada, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Odette Business School, University of Windsor

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Health Equity: A Framework for Improving the Health of All Louisianans

3:30 pm- 4:30 pm RT | A Louisiana Chapter Live Symposium

The HIMSS Louisiana Chapter invites you to join us at the University of New Orleans (UNO) campus for a health equity symposium. Our speakers will delve into the challenges facing the healthcare industry as it pertains to access, equity, and social determinants. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and network with fellow healthcare professionals. Don't miss out on the chance to be a part of this important discussion. Following the Symposium there will be a LA HIMSS Social at the BullDog Bar in Mid-City.


  • Daniele Farisi, MPH, PMP, Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)
  • Elizabeth Crull, MPH, Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)
  • Davondra L. Brown, M.Ed., Former Director Community Partnerships & Health Equity with LDH
  • Senator Bill Cassidy's Office

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Friday: October 27

Bridging the Gap: Health Parity and Equity through Telehealth

8:30 am – 09:00 am ET | Webinar

With this webinar you will embark on an insightful journey to explore the pivotal role for telemedicine in promoting health equity and parity. With practical strategies in service and payment, access and insurance, and affordability and trust.

  • Moderator: Mario Ravic, Head of IoT & Digital Health, Ericsson NikolaTesla d.d.
  • Keynote: Ahmad Awada, Divisional General Manager Digital Health Transformation & Innovation, MEDICLINIC GROUP
  • Panelist: Luis Drummond Borges, Board Member at Lusíadas Saúde Group and Associação Portuguesa de Hospitalização Privada

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The "Nurse Disruptor": Making Quality Nursing Services Accessible to All


From her beginnings at the bedside to a nurse executive at Epic and beyond, Bre Loughlin’s journey is a testament to her unwavering dedication. Bre's unique background empowers her to bridge healthcare gaps, fostering collaboration among health organizations and communities. Tune in for an inspiring discussion and discover how she's driving positive change in healthcare. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a true healthcare visionary.

  • Host: Dana Trampas, Digital Health Advisor, HIMSS Analytics
  • Guest: Bre Loughlin, MS, RN, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder, Nurse Disrupted, Inc.

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Navigating Big Data Challenges and Bridging Digital Literacy Gaps in Healthcare: Empowering Providers in the Era of Digital Transformation

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET | New York State Chapter Webinar

The healthcare workforce is grappling with the vast influx of data generated by evolving digital health technologies, all while navigating disparities in digital literacy. Providers are faced with the complex task of delivering quality care, effectively managing data, and ensuring digital proficiency. In this session, we will address the challenges and difficulties healthcare providers encounter when dealing with big data and digital literacy gaps.

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GHEW Resources

Act Now to Solve the Maternal Health Crisis in Your State 

In honor of Global Health Equity Week, the time is now to address maternal mortality at the state and territorial level and we need your voice in your state. Write to your Governor and State Medicaid Director to urge them to support critical policy actions that will help realize the value of digital health in addressing maternal health outcomes and eliminate maternal health disparities in your state.

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Tackle the Maternal Mortality Crisis and Eliminate Health Disparities 

America has the worst maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and the number is only increasing. Between 2017-2019, a staggering 80% of maternal deaths were preventable, meaning even a simple intervention or better access to care could have saved lives. Urge your members of Congress to support and pass critical pieces of legislation tackling the maternal mortality crisis.

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Improve Access to Telehealth and Remove Language Barriers 

Telehealth is a proven tool for both patients and providers. It supports health equity by increasing access to care, improving health outcomes and wellness, and reducing cost and complexity. Urge your representatives to support and pass critical legislation that addresses barriers to accessing healthcare technology tools for people who speak a language other than English.

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Beyond Enforcement: Health Equity Update from US HHS Office of Inspector General

Hear what the the HHS Office of the Inspector General has to say about the importance of health equity.

  • Host:Tom Leary, SVP and Head of Government Relations, HIMSS
  • Guest: Ann Maxwell, Deputy Inspector General for Evaluations, US Office of Inspector General

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Supporting Healthy Communities: Global Perspectives on Equity and Digital Health

Navigating the health system is often complex. As we take a deeper dive into health equity, this panel of experts will discuss the digital health and equity challenges that exist across our public health and health care systems that are driving public policy discussions globally. The panel features diverse perspectives from the US government, an Israeli health system, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), a patient and a patient advocate.

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Additional Resources