Civic Health Conference

Civic Health Conference

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Explore the critical role health professionals can play in expanding civic access for our communities.

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About the Civic Health Conference

Vot-ER 's Civic Health Conference explores the critical role health professionals can play in expanding civic engagement and addressing social determinants of health through the ballot. Register for the free conference to engage with a passionate community of health care professionals and learn best practices for introducing voter access into clinical settings. Learn more at

About Vot-ER

Vot-ER is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to integrate civic engagement into healthcare. We partner with over 500 institutions to bring nonpartisan civic engagement tools and programs to every corner of the healthcare system. Since 2020, we’ve helped more than 47,000 Americans register or prepare to vote.

Sessions: Day 1

11:25 AM

Keynote: Danielle Allen, MPhil, PhD; Harvard University

Learn more about the link between voting and the structural determinants of health, and gain insight from real-world examples of how policy has positively impacted health outcomes. Danielle Allen is the Director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.


12:05 PM

Advancing the Connection Between Civic Engagement & Health

This panel brings together health leaders to examine the relationship between civic engagement and health from an institutional perspective. Learn about the government's role in promoting civic engagement, the importance of civic engagement to veterans' health, and HHS guidelines for promoting civic engagement in health care.


  • Jessica Barba Brown; Healthy Democracy Healthy People Initiative (moderator)
  • Al Schmidt, PhD; Committee of Seventy
  • Nate Chomilo, MD, FAAP, FACP; Medical Director of the State of Minnesota's Medicaid and MinnesotaCare Programs
  • Paul Reed, MD; Department of Health & Human Services
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    12:55 PM

    Learning about Vot-ER Tools

    Learn how to use Vot-ER tools to seamlessly integrate civic engagement at point-of-care, check-in, discharge, or through existing patient communication systems. Plus, be one of the first to use our new technology to track the impact you’ve had on voters over time.

    This session is designed for healthcare professionals using Vot-ER for the first time, as well as those looking to deepen their knowledge of best practices.


    • Kruti Patel, BS, Atrium Health
    • Yinlu, Vot-ER Head of Product


    1:30 PM

    Spotlighting Vot-ER Partners


  • Kristi Law, PhD; St. Ambrose University
  • Surabhi Bhatt, MS; Oak Street Health
  • Veronica Vital, PhD, MSN, BSN; National Hispanic Nurses Association
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    2:20 PM

    Keynote: Daniel Dawes, JD; Morehouse School of Medicine, Satcher Health Leadership Institute

    Daniel Dawes, JD, will close the first day with a discussion of the political determinants of health—the upstream policies that influence the social determinants of health. Dawes is executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and author of 150 Years of ObamaCare and The Political Determinants of Health.


    2:50 PM

    Networking event

    Sessions: Day 2

    11:00 AM

    Keynote: Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH; American Medical Association

    Physician-activist, Dr. Aletha Maybank, the American Medical Association’s first-ever chief health equity officer, will deliver a timely keynote about how and why we must integrate civic engagement with our healthcare system. This important conversation comes on the heels of the American Medical Association's groundbreaking resolution recognizing voting as a social determinant of health.


    11:15 AM

    Connecting Our Professional Values to Civic Engagement

    An expert panel of physicians, nurses, and social workers will explore why civic engagement is an essential component of healthcare and how voting has a tangible impact on patients' lives.


  • Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH; American Medical Association (Moderator)
  • David Skorton, MD; Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Eleanor Zambrano, MSW, LICSW; Boston University: Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health
  • Shawna Butler, RN, MBA; Brown University
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    12:00 PM

    Building Teams of Providers Dedicated to Civic Health at Your Institution

    Roll up your sleeves and dive into a Teambuilding 101 crash course! Your guides, Chelsea White-Hoglen and Bianca Navarro, bring a combined two decades of organizing experience and have helped integrate civic engagement in dozens of healthcare settings. Examine real-world case studies of health institutions that have built up civic engagement programming from scratch, learn practical tips for conducting one-on-one conversations with colleagues, peers, and leaders, and gain access to resources you can use for your next one-on-one meeting.


  • Bianca Navarro, BA; Vot-ER Deputy Organizing Director
  • Chelsea White-Hoglen, LCSW; Vot-ER Vot-ER Deputy Organizing Director
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    12:25 PM

    How Health Issues Shape our Democracy

    Description coming soon.


    1:30 PM

    Closing Keynote: Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

    Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician in Flint, Michigan, put her career on the line to expose how Flint's water is responsible for dangerously elevated levels of lead in the city's predominantly Black children. In this closing keynote, Dr. Hanna-Attisha will share her experiences in Flint and why a healthy democracy is essential to the health of our patients.

    Group Rates

    Email for the promotional code to receive 20% off 5 or more tickets.

    Continuing Education Credits

    We are offering 7 hours for the following credit types:

    • AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM*
    • Nursing Continuing Professional Development*
    • Social Work – ACE**
    • Interprofessional Continuing Education***

    Attendance of the entire conference and completion of an evaluation is mandatory to receive all 7 credits.

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