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About the Center for Health Equity and Wellness


The Center for Health Equity and Wellness ensures the delivery of population-based care and promotion of health care equity in the communities served by Adventist HealthCare. We accomplish our mission by partnering with community members and organizations to implement health equity and community wellness approaches that improve population health.


Communities served by Adventist HealthCare thrive in a culture of wellness and enjoy access to and the benefits of high quality, equitable healthcare that promotes physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.


In 2012, Adventist HealthCare’s Center on Health Disparities and the Adventist HealthCare Health and Wellness Department joined together to form the Center for Health Equity and Wellness.  The Health and Wellness Department has long worked with Adventist HealthCare's health programs, such as cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer, and maternal and child health, to raise awareness of health issues, to screen for various conditions, and to offer educational and support programs to community members. The Center on Health Disparities was first established in 2007 to raise community awareness, develop solutions to eliminate local disparities in health care, and improve access to quality health care, especially for minorities, women, and people who have language barriers or other communication needs.

Center for Health Equity & Wellness Advisory Board

In December 2005, Adventist HealthCare announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Panel to provide guidance and direction for the creation of a Center on Health Disparities. Comprised of a distinguished array of experts with experience in addressing health care issues among various populations, this panel continues to serve today in an advisory capacity to the Center for Health Equity and Wellness.

Perry Chan, MS
Asian American Health Initiative

Daniel Cochran
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Irene Dankwa-Mullan MD, MPH
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health

Azad Ejaz, PhD
Muslim Community Clinic

Steve Galen, MS
Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County

Carol W. Garvey, MD, MPH
Primary Care Coalition

Susan Glover
Adventist HealthCare, Inc.

Carlessia Hussein, DrPH, RN
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Chih-Hsiang Li
Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Inc.

Skip Margot, MS, RN
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Sonia Mora, MPH
Latino Health Initiative

Richard “Dick” Pavlin, MHCA

Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD
Department of Epidemiology/Biostatistics
UMCP School of Public Health

Heather Ross, MPH
African American Health Program

Howard Ross
Cook Ross, Inc.

Kevin Smothers, MD
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Terrence P. Sheehan, MD
Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland

Tom Sweeney, RN, MBA, FACHE
Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital

Lois A. Wessel, RN CFNP
Associate Director for Programs
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

Center on Health Disparities

2013 Progress Report

Our Progress Report demonstrates how patient data can be analyzed through a health equity framework to identify and address possible disparities in health care.

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Cultural Competence

As the diversity of our community continues to change, providing health care that is culturally sensitive goes to the heart of our mission as an organization.