Conversation on health equity progresses following inaugural BDHEA virtual forum


MILWAUKEE, October 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The National Conversation on Health Equity Advances with a inaugural virtual forum organized by the Black Directors Health Equity Agenda (BDHEA). “The Fierce Urgency of the Moment: A Guide to Health Equity”, held September 27 and 28, featured discussions from CEOs, board directors and other executive opinion leaders from healthcare, business and government ecosystems.

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The virtual forum addressed not only health disparities, but also the resources and policies that determine health outcomes.

Leaders explained the need to elevate the conversation about health equity in conference rooms across the United States to inspire the action needed to reduce the health disparities facing our black communities.

“As a director for many years, I know what gets measured and prioritized is done,” said Michele J. Hooper, founding member of BDHEA and president of strategic planning, who also chairs the corporate governance committee. of UnitedHealth Group. “Attention and progress in health equity begins with the recognition by boards of directors of their responsibility to oversee the health care program.”

The virtual forum addressed not only health disparities, but also the resources and policies that determine health outcomes. “We believe it will take collaboration and partnerships, education, data analytics, equitable resources and, frankly, courageous conversations in our boardrooms to address health disparities and improve outcomes. results, “Hooper told forum participants.

Transformative partnerships start with a plan

The participants were introduced to the BDHEA Health Equity Board Director’s Manual, a guide for boards of directors to activate health equity and lead those executive conversations. The action plan was co-developed with the Deloitte Institute for Health Equity. founding member of the BDHEA Joe wilkins, CEO of JW Healthcare Insights, said the playbook will better equip members to make measurable progress in providing equitable service.

“Silence in the boardroom is no longer an option,” Wilkins said. “We know that we are often the only African Americans in the room. It’s a feeling of loneliness.”

A panel of black health sector CEOs pleaded for the collaboration, noting the human toll of a progressive approach to social issues, from hunger and nutrition to jobs and housing. “What COVID has done is really cover the underlying causes of health disparities,” said Lloyd H. Dean, Honorary President of BDHEA and CEO of CommonSpirit Health, which partners with Morehouse School of Medicine train more black doctors. “We have more work to do, and we will. Our biggest limitation is our imagination.”

Greg A. Adams, President and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, said healthcare organizations need to make strategic investments and form partnerships to resolve health inequalities. “We need to rethink what is happening in our facilities and our health systems, including how we deliver care differently and the skills we need to tackle health and racial inequalities,” said Adams said.

Black administrators ready to lead health equity

BDHEA occupies a unique position with leading leaders who have personally experienced and / or witnessed inequalities in healthcare. Its inaugural virtual forum set the tone for the conversations needed to eliminate the health disparities faced by black Americans and to ensure equitable health care for all.

“BDHEA is an organization through which we, as black directors and senior leaders, can train to help drive this change. Business case can be made, ”Hooper said. Boards of directors will look to minority directors for innovation and leadership in solving the seemingly intractable issues of health equity. The BDHEA Forum has shown that black directors are up to the challenge.

Dr. Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, advised health directors at the forum to set specific goals and measure the results of their actions. “At the end of the day, it’s easier to talk about fairness than it is to deliver,” Bourla said. “We have to move from theory to practice.

As BDHEA strives to advance the conversation about health equity in boards of directors across the country, business leaders and thought leaders in the health ecosystem and beyond. beyond can get involved. The BDHEA provides a briefing on health equity issues, an overview of how to resolve them, alerts on upcoming events, and ways for board members to share their stories and help the cause.


The Black Directors Health Equity Agenda is made up of board directors and senior leaders who strive to eliminate health disparities and inequalities that threaten the individual and collective prosperity of black families. As agents of change, its members across the healthcare ecosystem encourage and facilitate board formation for emerging leaders, encourage revised business models, stimulate thinking and innovative action and support policy reforms that advance health equity for black Americans, which will ultimately ensure equality and equitable health care for all. Learn more at

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