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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on April 14, 2015

Adventist HealthCare Leader to Take Part in White House Meeting

Marcos Pesquera to join other national leaders in discussion on health efforts

Gaithersburg, MD – The head of Adventist HealthCare’s Center for Health Equity & Wellness will join national health leaders, hospital executives and community services organizations at the White House this week to discuss how the nation can better address health disparities, increase access to care and preventative services, and promote community health and wellness.

Marcos PesqueraAdventist HealthCare’s Marcos Pesquera will take part in the two-day event on April 15-16, “Partners in Health: Aligning Clinical Systems, Faith and Community Assets,” which is being sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Leaders from across the nation have been invited to help create a vision for new kinds of partnerships and collaborative strategies. The focus of the talks will be on how to integrate clinical systems with community and congregational health in ways that recognize their unique nature, strengths and assets.

“I am honored to work with health, hospital and faith groups across the United States to help improve the health of our nation,” said Pesquera, who has led Adventist HealthCare’s Center on Health Equity & Wellness since 2007. “Together, we can use the experiences in our communities to help look for national solutions toward healthier communities.”

Adventist HealthCare, Montgomery County’s first and largest health system, has long been a leader in community and population health. In 2007, Adventist HealthCare formed the Center on Health Disparities which is now known as the Center on Health Equity & Wellness. Its goal is to reduce and eliminate disparities in health status by working to improve healthcare access and ensure quality treatment and outcomes throughout the community. The Center is working to ensure that all physicians and employees provide both culturally respectful and compassionate care to patients by providing training, education opportunities, and research awareness. In addition, the Center on Health Equity and Awareness also directly provides health services to the community.

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated, health-care delivery organization based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Medical Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation, Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services and The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness and Young Children.

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