Jun 16
Clinton Presidential Center

Conversations on Health Equity

Virtual Conversation

The Clinton Center's Conversations on Health Equity series explores several important topics related to health equity, including vaccine confidence, maternal health disparities, and health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each program brings together health experts and practitioners for practical conversations designed to outline the problems that impact millions of our fellow Americans and provides solutions and action items that can make a difference. 

This series is presented in partnership with Bank of America and sponsored by the Derek Lewis Foundation; National Medical Association; and Arkansas Medical, Dental, & Pharmaceutical Association. Conversations on Health Equity are presented by the Clinton Foundation and produced virtually by the Clinton Presidential Center.

Program 3: Moving Forward After COVID-19
June 16, 2021 | 4 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. ET

During the second program in our "Conversations on Health Equity" series, our panel of experts and practitioners will discuss the causes of health inequity and share solutions to move us forward toward a more equitable health care system.

Dr. Creshelle R. Nash, M.D., M.P.H., is the medical director for Health Equity and Public Programs at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In this role, Dr. Nash provides leadership for developing, implementing, and evaluating health equity initiatives to help create a more inclusive and non-discriminatory healthcare system throughout Arkansas. In addition to her role at Arkansas Blue Cross, Dr. Nash is adjunct faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Public Health, where she is also the co-director of the Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Service Learning Course.

Mayra E. Alvarez, MHA, is President of The Children's Partnership, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to advance child health equity by ensuring all children have the resources and opportunities they need to grow up healthy and lead productive lives. Prior to The Children’s Partnership, she completed a several-year set of assignments at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the administration of President Barack Obama.

Dr. Jay Bhatt is a public health physician who has worked at national and local levels to improve outcomes for vulnerable populations, including by strengthening the design and delivery of care and public health. Currently, Dr. Bhatt is Chief Clinical Product Officer at Medical Home Network and has consulted on COVID-19 response for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Most recently, he served as SVP and Chief Medical Officer at the American Hospital Association as well as President of its subsidiary, the Health Research Educational Trust. He is also a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Dr. Brian Gittens, Ed.D, is currently serving as the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He specializes in organizational and leadership development, strategic diversity and inclusion, organizational assessment and analysis, change management, and talent management in support of optimizing organizational performance and quality initiatives. 

Lupe M. Rodríguez is a scientist with an activist heart dedicated to seeing all people live in salud, dignidad y justicia. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice (Latina Institute). Before joining Latina Institute, she served as the Director of Public Affairs, and later the Vice President of Public Affairs, at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM). The largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country, PPMM provides medical and educational services to more than 220,000 people annually at over 30 health centers in mid-California and northern Nevada.

Program 1: Promoting Vaccine Confidence in Black and Latinx Communities
April 15, 2021

Presented in partnership with the National Medical Association's Region V.
During the first of three programs, experts and practitioners discussed the COVID-19 vaccine, how best to reassure patients of its safety, and ways to promote confidence among Black and Latinx communities. 

Chelsea Clinton, DPhil, MPH, Clinton Foundation 

• Dr. Dominic Mack, Morehouse School of Medicine 
• Dr. Sonja Hughes, Aetna, a CVS Health Company
• Dr. William W. “Sam” Greenfield, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

Our expert panelists offered practical solutions and recommend actionable steps that you can implement in your own community. Click the images below to see how you can help promote vaccine confidence.


Program 2: Addressing Maternal Health Disparities 
May 25, 2021 
During the second program in our "Conversations on Health Equity" series, experts and practitioners discussed the policies and systems impacting women’s reproductive healthcare. They shared resources and offered action steps to ensure women, and their babies, are healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.

Dr. Carla Ortique, The Women's Specialist of Houston
Dr. Nirvana Manning, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dr. Yolanda Lawson, Madewell OBGYN