Center on Health Disparities’ Sixth Annual Conference - Adventist HealthCare

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Published on October 03, 2012

Adventist HealthCare, Inova, LifeBridge Health CEOs to Lead Center on Health Disparities’ Sixth Annual Conference

Nearly 200 Regional Health Care Leaders and Md. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown Will Attend Oct. 8 Event for Strategic Discussion on Achieving Health Equity in Their Communities

Rockville, Md. — Business and health leaders from across the region will learn successful strategies to address and reduce health disparities in their communities at the Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities 6th Annual Fall Conference in Greenbelt, Md., featuring a CEO roundtable discussion with:

  • William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adventist HealthCare
  • J. Knox Singleton, Chief Executive Officer, Inova Health System
  • Neil Meltzer, President, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, LifeBridge Health
  • Helen Darling, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Business Group on Health

“We are honored to have a panel of nationally renowned health-care leaders to share their expertise and best practices in reducing and eliminating health disparities throughout their communities,” said Marcos Pesquera, Executive Director of the Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities. “This year’s conference will provide a high level of insight into incorporating health equity practices into one’s organization by giving attendees the opportunity to learn directly from highly experienced leaders within the industry.”

The conference, “Starting at the Top: Achieving Health Equity Through Executive Leadership,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Hilton Garden Inn in Greenbelt, Md. The CEO roundtable will take place at 9:15 a.m.

Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Co-chair of the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council, will deliver the opening address at 8:40 a.m. Lt. Gov. Brown also recently launched the innovative Health Enterprise Zones program to eliminate disparities in health outcomes among Maryland’s racial groups and geographic areas.

“Access to health care should not be a privilege – it’s a necessity. When everyone has access to quality, affordable health care, people lead healthier lives, and can work hard to provide for their families,” said Lt. Gov. Brown. “We need to do everything within our power to level the playing field so that every person in Maryland has a chance to be healthy, happy, and productive.”

Dr. Benjamin Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times best-selling author, will deliver the keynote address at 11 a.m. The conference will also include highlights from the Center on Health Disparities’ 2012 Health Equity Report.

Established in 2007, Adventist HealthCare’s Center on Health Disparities provides research, training, education and health-care services to understand and address the challenges that racial and ethnic minorities face in accessing quality health care and achieving healthy outcomes. To help achieve these goals, the Center has worked with a variety of academic and health services organizations including the Maryland Hospital Association, Kaiser Permanente, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County.

The Center is recognized as a regional leader and resource for education and training programs committed to providing patient and family-centered care in a culturally sensitive way. For more information about the Center and the upcoming conference, visit

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery organization based in Rockville, MD, 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 Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of MD, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Care Services and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.

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