Global Health Equity Week

October 25 - 29, 2021

Thank you for joining us during Global Health Equity Week, an initiative focused on displaying the potential of health information and technology to transform health and minimize health disparities. Connect with global experts and colleagues to discuss ways to increase broadband access to mitigate the digital divide and improve digital health literacy and digital inclusion. Get solutions to help you improve health and wellness for everyone, everywhere.


Monday, October 25th

EHRA Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health Congressional Briefing | Listen to the recording (passcode: H@R$UZ02) | View the slides

The EHRA’s Public Policy Leadership Workgroup recently hosted a Congressional Briefing on Health Equity and SDOH. Panelists Janet Campbell (Epic), Katie Adamson (YMCA of the United States), Sarah Holder, RN (Raleigh Pediatric Associates) and Seraphine Kapsandoy, PhD, RN (Intermountain Healthcare) shared real-world examples of progress in building connections between healthcare providers and critical social service agencies. They also put forth ideas for Congressional action that could be taken to make rapid progress in this area.

Reimagining Healthcare Innovation to Overcome the Real World Challenge of Infant and Maternal Health | View on Demand

Preterm birth is a global issue that is the greatest cause of infant mortality and maternal morbidity and mortality, affecting all socio-economic groups.  The development of innovative approaches to address the complex set of issues associated with this requires application of systems and process based analysis before attempting to develop and/or apply new technologies.  The webinar will present how systems and process analysis can be used to identify critical points and opportunities for addressing these challenges with existing technologies as well as target applications for new technology development.

2-00-3:30 PM EST

Data Deficiency: How Information is Crucial to Resolving the Maternal Health CrisisRegister now

HIMSS and the MATCH Coalition are pleased to convene key stakeholders on the topic of maternal health data, provide a view of the national state of affairs on maternal health surveillance, and discuss the legislative landscape. Access to quality maternity care is a critical component of maternal health and positive birth outcomes. According to a March of Dimes Report, 2.2 million women of childbearing age in the US live in areas where women do not have easy access to maternity care. These are called “maternity deserts.” In 2017, almost 150,000 babies were born to women living in maternity care deserts. It is important to note that these maternity deserts are not solely in rural areas of the US. Among women living in maternity care deserts, 1 in 3 live in a large metropolitan area or urban setting. Access to data is a vital part of ensuring timely and appropriate allocation of resources and interventions, good clinical decision making, and the establishment and expansion of infrastructure and prevention measures.


Tuesday, October 26th

12:00-1:00 PM CST

Nurses Role in Health Equity: Crucial Collaboration Leveraging SDOH Tools | Register now

With a heightened awareness of health inequities, there has been an increase the in the identification of social determinants of health (SDOH) data for inclusion in care processes.  However, there is little guidance on how to implement the use of these data within clinical workflows. Join HIMSS on October 26 at 12:00 pm CT to learn more about SDOH implementation use cases using dyads consisting of vendors of SDOH tools and healthcare providers that have implemented the tools. We will also discuss the SDOH needs from a community health practice, including the sharing of SDOH data across practice settings. The overall purpose is to share best practices and discuss lessons learned to support nurses involved in SDOH activities and organizations looking to implement.

12:30 PM CST

Emerging Health Information and Technologies Careers Webinar | Register now

Gain new insight on the latest emerging technologies such as AI/machine learning, block chain and virtual reality. Get real-world perspectives on the most in-demand careers in these areas such as cybersecurity, health informatics and medical/health services. Learn tips from industry professionals on how to position yourself for career success.    

Chapter Events

12-00-1:00 PM CST

Texas Chapter – Nora Belcher – Telehealth Texas Register now

11:45-1:00 PM MT

Colorado Chapter – Advocacy Health Equity Week | Register now

4:00 - 5:00 PM PDT

British Columbia Chapter – Annual General Meeting Registration | Register now

7:00 - 9:00 PM EST

South Carolina Annual Conference | Register now


Wednesday, October 27th

11:00-12:00 PM CST

Digital inclusion and resilience through European Cooperation | Register now

Technology is shortening the distance between communities across the globe yet the digital divide remains.  Barriers to access combined with social factors, including education, employment status, income level, gender and ethnicity have a significant influence on the health of populations.  In all countries – whether low-, middle- or high-income – there are wide disparities.  Representatives of the Digital Health Advisory Group for Europe will look at digital resilience and inclusion from 3 main points of view: health equity; international solidarity; and digitally-enabled workforce of the future and discuss the need to invest in skills and literacy for digital health and data.


Hal Wolf
President and CEO
Donna Henderson
Donna Henderson
Head of International Engagement
Digital Health and Care Directorate
Scottish Government
Louisa Stüwe
Louisa Stüwe
eHealth Project Lead – French Presidency of the European Union 2022 - eHealth Department
French Ministry of Solidarity and Health
Sarita Friman
Sarita Friman
Ministerial Adviser, PhD
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

Chapter Events

7:00 AM-5:45 PM EST

South Carolina Annual Conference | Register now

7:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST

New England Chapter – Health Information Exchange Conference: Why You Should Be Paying Closer Attention to YOUR HIEs | Register now

12-00-1:00 PM CST

Texas Chapter -  Dr. Catherine Eppes - Maternal Health | Register now

1:30- 2:30 PM CST

Tennessee Chapter – Diversity in Clinical Settings & Health IT Virtual Panel Discussion | Register now


Thursday, October 28th

12:00-1:30 PM CST

Standards Paving the Way to Address Social Determinants of Health | Register now

Join the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community as experts in SDOH data discuss the most up-to-date advancements to improve whole-person care through interoperability and better health information exchange. This discussion will explore the standards and technology presently available to support SDOH related interventions, as well as U.S. government efforts to maximize existing and future federal investments in social health and care.

Chapter Events

10:00-2:40 PM EST

Northern Ohio Chapter – Virtual Fall Conference Register now

12:00-1:00 PM CST

Texas Chapter – Katherine Lusk - Texas Interoperability | Register now

12:00-1:00 PM EST

Georgia Chapter – AI in Healthcare Lunch and Learn | Register now


Friday, October 29th

10:00-11:00 AM CST

Data Equity: How Can Data Be Used to Address Health Disparities | Register now

Howard University's 1867 Health Innovations Project and HIMSS have partnered to host a Beyond Talk Series to address global health topics that intersect with technology and health equity.

Moderated by:

Michael Crawford
Michael Crawford
Associate Dean for Strategy, Outreach and Innovation, Howard University
College of Medicine; Founding Executive Director of 1867 Health Innovation’s Project


Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH
Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH
Chief Health Equity Officer, Chief Health Officer
IBM Watson Health

Articles and Resources

HIMSS Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Guide

The HIMSS SDOH Guide is provides the industry with foundational knowledge about how health information and technology integrates social determinants of health into care delivery settings to improve individual and global well-being. Learn more

The Digital Divide in Healthcare: It’s Not Just Access

How the digital divide can be bridged by considering skills, cultural context and technology. Learn more

HIMSS Accelerate Health Podcast 
Accelerating Health Equity - Jonathan Kumar CEO of Samaritan

In this episode, Jonathan Kumar, the CEO of Samaritan joins host Kerry Amato and gives us a view of Samaritan's work to help homeless individuals access services. Learn more

TIGER International Task Force

Join our informatics/ehealth efforts

The HIMSS TIGER International Task Force seeks volunteers to provide expertise, leadership and guidance to the global health informatics community. Volunteers must agree to a 3-4 hour commitment per month over 2 years and 70% participation in task force and work stream meetings. Please email your resume or CV (three-page max) along with a brief explanation of how your background, skills and interests align with the goals of the task force. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 8, 2021. International members are strongly encouraged to apply. Apply today

Morehouse School of Medicine launched a 14-month online Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program
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Keys to Creating Cultural Competence within Healthcare Organizations