• Morning Presentations

    After welcoming remarks from Center Director Mark McClellan, Olivia Carter-Pokras and John Lumpkin offered opening remarks on health care equity, followed by a plenary on measuring race, ethnicity and language data.

    Mark B. McClellan

  • Luncheon Keynote

    Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, surgeon general of the United States, offered keynote remarks, discussing the critical need for improved health care quality and equitable care for all Americans.

    Mark B. McClellan

  • Afternoon Presentations

    A plenary session focused on incentivizing quality as a means of promoting equity in the health care enterprise, followed by closing remarks from Marsha Lillie-Blanton and Mark McClellan.

    Mark B. McClellan


As our nation continues to pursue comprehensive health care reform, the need to improve health care quality and achieve equitable care for all Americans remains a critical issue that must be addressed. High-quality health care is seldom consistently distributed across populations, and vulnerable groups – such as racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities – are more likely to be negatively affected by disparities in health care.

On March 25, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform hosted a national conference to begin to address health care quality issues faced by vulnerable communities. Key stakeholders came together to:

  • Advance strategies for improved data collection, integration, and utilization activities, as well as disparities measurement to promote health care equity; and
  • Identify best practices for collecting and reporting race, ethnicity, and primary language data, as well as determine practical, consensus-driven steps to measure and use these data to improve quality of care.

Event Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Opening Presentation: Placing Equity in the Context of Health Care Quality

    • Olivia Carter-Pokras

      University of Maryland College Park

  • Opening Keynote

    • John Lumpkin

      Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Opening Plenary - Measuring Equity: Considerations for Standardizing Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data

    • Linda Bilheimer

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • Romana Hasnain-Wynia

      Northwestern University

    • Moderator: David Nerenz

      Henry Ford Health Care System

    • Marsha Regenstein

      The George Washington University

    • Barry Straube

      Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • Breakout Session A - Making the Business Case for Measuring and Addressing Disparities

    • Moderator: Reed Tuckson

      UnitedHealth Group

    • Meredith Rosenthal

      Harvard University

    • Andrew Crighton


    • Bill Robertson

      Adventist Health Care

    • Mara Youdelman

      National Health Law Program

  • Breakout Session B - Making Meaningful Users of Health IT to Advance Equity in Care

    • Moderator: David Hunt

      Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

    • Ashish Jha

      Harvard University

    • Ruth Perot

      Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.

    • Brenda Edwards

      National Cancer Institute

    • Neil Calman

      Institute for Family Health

  • Breakout Session C - Indirect Estimation as an Interim Strategy for Better Data Reporting and Use

    • Moderator: Joel Weissman

      Harvard School of Public Health

    • Marc Elliott

      RAND Corporation

    • Grace Ting

      WellPoint, Inc.

    • Winston Wong

      Kaiser Permanente

    • Kathryn Coltin

      Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

  • Luncheon Keynote: Using Data to Improve Quality

    • Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin

      Surgeon General of the United States

  • Breakout Session D - Generating Quality Reports: Challenges and Opportunities

    • Moderator: Robin Weinick

      RAND Corporation

    • Bruce Siegel

      The George Washington University

    • Randy Cebul

      Better Health Greater Cleveland

    • Ernest Moy

      Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

  • Breakout Session E - Community Strategies on Data Dissemination and Use

    • Moderator: Jeff Caballero

      Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

    • Hector Balcazar

      American Public Health Association Latino Caucus

    • Ralph Forquera

      Seattle Indian Health Board

    • Maile Taualii

      Native Hawaiian Epidemiology Center

    • Rosy Chang Weir

      Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

    • Barbara Pullen-Smith

      National Association of State Offices of Minority Health

  • Breakout Session F - Setting Standards: Current Efforts to Increase Health Care Equity

    • Moderator: Garth Graham

      Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    • Margaret O'Kane

      National Committee for Quality Assurance

    • Paul Schyve

      The Joint Commission

    • Helen Burstin

      National Quality Forum

  • Closing Plenary - Incentivizing Quality: Promoting Equity in the Quality Improvement Enterprise

    • Moderator: Brian Smedley

      Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

    • Stephen Somers

      Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

    • Debra Ness

      National Partnership for Women and Families

    • Carolyn Clancy

      Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

  • Closing Remarks


March 25, 2010

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

National Press Club


529 14th Street NW


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