Health Disparities Virtual Forum

November 12, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Interested in learning more about health disparities?

Come join us for this VIRTUAL panel discussion titled “Health Disparities Virtual Forum”

Earn 1.5 Qualified Education Credits

Guest Speaker:

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE, is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization he co-founded and led as President and CEO for 18 years.  He is one of the nation's leading authorities on health care quality and improvement.  In July, 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which he held until December, 2011. A pediatrician by background, Dr.Berwick has served as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of Boston's Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General
Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.  He has also served as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first Independent Member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  He is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). Dr. Berwick served two terms on the IOM’s governing Council and was a member of the IOM’s Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton's
Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry.   His numerous awards include the 2007 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, the 2006 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, and the 2007 Heinz Award for Public Policy. In 2005, he was appointed Honourary Knight Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the highest honor in the UK for non-UK citizens.  He is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and six books. He also serves now as Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.


Susan Rucker, DHA, FACHE

Healthcare Leadership and Education

Dr. Susan Rucker is representing her role as a board member of Health Care Justice NC, a non-partisan group that is passionate about reducing systemic barriers that result in health disparities. Dr. Rucker is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Health Administration program at Queens University in Charlotte. She has more than 35 years of healthcare leadership experience in areas that progressed from hospital administration to consulting to graduate-level teaching.


Robert Lindsey, Full Professor/Teacher Advisor

Health Education, Johnson C Smith University

Dr. Lindsey has worked at Johnson C Smith University for fourteen years. Prior to this role, he was an Assistant Professor of Health Education at the College of Charleston. Dr. Lindsey holds a PhD in Health Behavior from the University of Florida. Dr. Lindsey has been providing visionary leadership to undergraduate students majoring in Community Health, Physical Education, and Sport Management (ranked 44th in the nation by Diverse Issues in Higher Education for producing African Americans with degrees in Sport Management in 2012) and minoring in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Sport Science, Fitness and Wellness Management, Sports Coaching, Physical Education, Sport Management, Community Health, and School Health.

Elisa (Lisa) Melvin, PhD, MEd, Associate Professor

Health Administration, Pfeiffer University

Dr. Elisa Melvin is currently an Associate Professor of Health Administration at Pfeiffer University’s Graduate School (Charlotte, North Carolina). She completed her PhD in Health Services Policy and Management at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Upon completing her doctorate, she successfully completed the University of Washington’s Health Economics and Outcomes Research certificate program. As a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional, she serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Liaison of Pfeiffer’s graduate school which provides her opportunities to facilitate informal and formal dialogues as well as training sessions on how to optimize diversity by intentionally and consistently leveraging the power of inclusion in higher education, business and beyond. Dr. Melvin’s background includes the following: business entrepreneurship; co-authorship of epigenetics scholarly literature; diabetes-related lower extremity amputation research; public school education, motivational speaking, train-the-trainer evaluations and educational/institutional effectiveness; and pharmaceutical and educational consulting. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion, epigenetics, health economics and outcomes research, diabetes, health disparities and social justice.

Donna F. Murray, DMSc., MS, PA-C

Director of Clinical Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Donna F. Murray is the founding Director of Clinical Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University, College of Health Sciences, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. She is also a practicing clinician and philanthropist who resides in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Murray is a 39- year veteran in healthcare services and has served minority and underserved communities in New York City, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and North Carolina. During her career, Dr. Murray has founded two major healthcare initiatives. In 1992 she founded the African-American Miracle Match Network which was designed to increase the number of minorities on the National Bone Marrow Registry. In 1999, Dr. Murray also founded Project HealthShare, Inc./Charlotte Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, which provided health education, screening, and primary care to residents of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.


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$20.00 Non-member

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