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Session 2: MAKING THE CASE FOR HEALTH EQUITY IN VT- FROM EVIDENCE TO ACTION

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A 5-PART PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES ON QUALITY AND EQUITABLE HEALTH CARE IN VERMONT

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What is health equity and why does its attainment matter in a state with predominantly white and rural residents and practitioners? How does discrimination (even unintentional) in American health care effect health inequities and health disparities experienced by minority and other underserved populations? This series will present:

  • Why quality health care must be equitable care;
  • How ignoring racial and ethnic health disparities is costly; and
  • How culturally and linguistically responsive practices are a necessary component to achieve a more equitable health care system.

In this 5-part professional development series, we will candidly address these and related questions and offer interventions and strategies that reduce the impacts of discrimination and biased care.

Session 2: Making the Case for Health Equity in Vermont- From Evidence to Action

In the second of a 5-part virtual series, we explore the business, medical (quality and safety) and legal “cases” for health equity in medical care.  With a special focus on racial and ethnic disparities, language access and the emerging issue of global medicine, this session will address: 

  • Implications of demographic megatrends for patient care and the health care workforce;
  • Introduction to the national CLAS Standards and the law of language access;
  • National best practices, tips, tactics and recommendations for improving health equity to racial and ethnic minorities, LEP and Deaf and Hard of Hearing, immigrants and refugees, the LGBTQ population and other non-traditional patient populations.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: David B. Hunt, J.D., is the Senior Director of Health Equity at BCT Partners, a national management consulting and training firm specializing in diversity, equity and inclusion issues. A former employment law and civil rights attorney, Mr. Hunt is nationally known for his expertise in racial and ethnic disparities in health care, the law of language access, global medicine and the new science of unconscious bias. Mr. Hunt was selected by the American Hospital Association, the national BC/BS Association and America’s Essential Hospitals as a consultant/trainer on health equity and cultural competence issues. With leading physicians from Harvard and the University of Minnesota Medical Schools, Mr. Hunt developed the nation's first CME accredited e-learning programs on cultural competence and global medicine for doctors and nurses, with over 180,000 providers trained. More recently, he collaborated with leading physicians to create a Provider Cross-Cultural Medical Assessment tool which benchmarks hospital systems and physician performance in treating minority patient populations.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Health care practitioners and managers, public health staff, QI directors, social workers, community health workers, mental health & addictions counselors, qualified medical interpreters.

COST OF REGISTRATION: $35

Limited Scholarships Available for community health workers, qualified medical interpreters and post-secondary health professions students. To find out more, please email ContinuingEd@nvtahec.org and put Session 2 Scholarship in the subject line.

The planning committee for this continuing education series:

Gail Auclair, MSM-HCA, RN, CEO, Little Rivers Health Care Inc., Bradford, VT

Betsy Fowler, LCSW, PHD, Director of Behavioral Health, Northern Counties Health Care Inc., St. Johnsbury, VT

Mckalyn Leclerc, MD, Family Physician, Northern Counties Health Care Inc., Hardwick, VT

Emily Ruth LeVan, DNP, APRN, NP-C, Copley Hospital, Morrisville, VT

Laura Newell, MSHCA, VP of Medical Practices, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury, VT

Julie Parker, LCMHC, Assistant Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access

Kate Simmons, MBA, MPH, Director of Operations, Bi-State Primary Care Association, VT & NH

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