Global Health Equity Week

October 24 - 28, 2022

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 support the elimination of 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 24th

Brews and Presentation "How IT can (Help) Fix American Healthcare" (In-Person)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

This presentation compares the American healthcare system to those of other countries in terms of structure, cost, quality, outcomes, and access, and analyzes factors contributing to these differentials.  The presentation then turns to the role of IT in healthcare provider organizations – as both a contributor to the American healthcare system’s problems and as part of the solution. Take the opportunity to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones.

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Rural Informatics: Looking to the Future in Healthcare | Chapter Engagement (Virtual)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

Join us as Dr. Hoelscher, Associate Professor of Informatics & HIT Translational Science, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, kicks off Global Health Equity Week with an educational presentation you don't want to miss!

  • Healthcare technology gaps in rural Texas
  • Benefits of using health technologies such as telehealth / telemedicine in rural communities
  • Current efforts to improve healthcare for those in rural regions of Texas

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Tuesday, October 25th

Chronic Disease Management: Empowering the Latinx Community (Virtual)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

Join the HIMSS Latinx Community for an engaging discussion about chronic disease management and the impacts on the community. Hear from experts and share your insights. This session will be in Spanish. Be part of the conversation and register today!

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#WomeninHIT Virtual Meetup: Engage, Empower, Collaborate (Virtual)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

Virtual meetup of the #WomeninHIT community to discover ways to engage, empower, and collaborate! All are welcome to join in thoughtful conversations. Hosted by: Joy Rios, Co-Founder & CEO, HITLikeaGirl Pod

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Wednesday, October 26th

Moving Beyond Screening: Effectively meeting patients’ social determinant of health needs (Virtual)

10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

Advancing health equity requires us to not only identify which medical and social needs our patients face, but to effectively partner and connect them with services that improve outcomes. Join us on this webinar where we explore how health systems can identify and build effective partnerships and the role technology plays in making the process frictionless for the provider, patient, and community organization.

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Health Equity/Medication Safety Webinar (Virtual)

11:45 am - 12:45 pm CDT

Join the Austin Chapter for a presentation on Health equity and medication safety

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Using Health Information for Community Impact: Where Have We Been and What Is the Next Normal (Virtual)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST

Join us for the third annual MN HIMSS and Minnesota e-Health Initiative virtual conference series. This year’s theme is “Using Health Information for Community Impact: Where Have We Been, and What Is the Next Normal?”

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LGBTQIA+ Community Connection (Virtual)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

The LGBTQIA+ Connection is a safe space to chat, support one another, and connect virtually to create more visibility. Open to all professionals to highlight the importance of allyship. Hosted by: Gabriel Lopez-Garcia, CPHIMS, Director of Health Information Systems, Los Angeles LGBTQ Center - a HIMSS Organizational Affiliate Member.

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Thursday, October 27th

Connectivity's Changing Role in Delivering First Class Healthcare by Juniper followed by an update on Rural Health (Virtual)

8:00 am - 9:30 am CDT

As healthcare organizations strive to deliver a higher level of patient engagement, many have yet to take advantage of the location of medical equipment, patients and caregivers to optimize interactions, lower costs, and deliver more personalized services.

Followed by John Henderson, President/CEO at Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals will provide information on Rural Health.

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Supporting Healthy Communities: Global Perspectives on Equity and Digital Health (Virtual)

9:00 am - 10:30 am CST

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 will feature 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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Workforce Skills and Career Growth Open House (Virtual)

10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

Interested in enhancing your career and advancing your professional development? Want to learn more about the workforce skills and career growth resources provided by HIMSS? This informative webinar will share ways to leverage the variety of resources at HIMSS that directly enhance your skills, provide a competitive advantage, and facilitate your ability to grow in your career.

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Health Equity in Colorado Tackling Digital Literacy & State Grant Spend (In-Person)

2:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST

Join the Colorado Chapter and the Office of eHealth Innovation for HIMSS Health Equity Week!

Hear presentations on real world examples of solutions addressing health equity from Colorado leaders in public health and state government.

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Friday, October 28th

More information coming soon.


U.S. Advocacy Campaigns – ACT NOW!

Urge your U.S. Senators to extend key telehealth flexibilities past the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Urge your Governor and State Medicaid Director to reduce maternal mortality rates through digital health.


Mentorship programs provide critical opportunities and positively impact career and personal development at all stages. HIMSS is working to identify these crucial mentorship programs year-round and highlight the great work your organization provides. Does your organization have a mentorship program? Learn more

Resources & Reports

Global Health Equity Network HIMSSTV Channel Watch here

Social Determinants of Health Channel Watch here

Morehouse School of Medicine launched a 14-month online Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program

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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

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.

Maternal Health Resource Page: The HIMSS community is dedicated to the clinical, technical, financial, and ethical digital health approaches & solutions to decreasing maternal mortality and overarching maternal and child health issues.

A Government Relations Roundtable Discussion on Maternal Health

Developing a Digital Tech-Enabled Maternal Health Roundtable Report

Articles, Videos & Podcasts

Dr. Patrice Harris sees the promise, and the peril, of digital health innovation

The former president of the American Medical Association says that development requires clear-eyed conversations about the potential consequences of technology. Read 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

Keys to Creating Cultural Competence within Healthcare Organizations

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

Mitigating racial bias in digital health tools

Advancing Health Equity founder and CEO Dr. Uché Blackstock shares strategies for achieving true equity in healthcare. Watch

HIMSS Advocates Extending Telehealth Access for Medicare Beneficiaries in Letter to U.S. Senate


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