In March 2021, the inaugural Accelerating Health Equity Conference was hosted virtually by AHA Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE). Through this conference, the American Hospital Association (AHA) brought together two of its leading networks to advance their shared mission to close health equity gaps by building strategic hospital-community partnerships and developing and sustaining diversity and inclusion across the field.

We are pleased to announce the second annual Accelerating Health Equity Conference: Forward on the Journey is being held May 10-12, 2022 in Cleveland, OH. Sign up below to receive updates about speakers, sessions and special events at conference.

The Call for Content to submit abstracts is now closed. Speakers have been notified of the status of their abstract.

Registration for the conference will open in February 2022.


The AHA Community Health Improvement (ACHI) network and the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE), both part of the American Hospital Association, are once again joining forces to advance their shared mission to close health equity gaps by building strategic hospital-community partnerships and developing and sustaining diversity and inclusion efforts in hospitals and health systems.

The Accelerating Health Equity Conference is an opportunity to learn from each other, celebrate achievements, and fuel the momentum to drive change - turning words into action. 

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May 10-12, 2022 Cleveland, Ohio

  • Who should attend?
    Individuals focused on community benefit, population health management, external affairs, strategy and mission, diversity, inclusion and health equity.

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2021 Accelerating Health Equity Virtual Conference Highlights

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated deep health disparities in urban, suburban and rural communities across the U.S. While ACHI and IFDHE have a long track record fostering collaborative approaches to advance the health of individuals and communities, it is clear there's more work to do — and we are stronger when we all work together.

This three-day event expanded knowledge through innovative strategies, proven resources and personal experiences, and reimagined population and community health for the future.

Keynote and Speakers

Camara Phyllis Jones

Camara Phyllis Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Cardiovascular Research Institute, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Community Health & Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine



Julie Morita

Julie Morita, M.D.

Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)



Andrés E. González

Andrés E. González

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert Health & Medical College of Wisconsin



Heidi Gullett

Heidi Gullett, M.D.

Associate Director, Center for Community Health Integration, School of Medicine and Medical Director, Cuyahoga County Board of Health



Eddie Taylor Jr.

Eddie Taylor Jr.

President, Taylor Oswald LLC and Chair, Cuyahoga County Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity



Lilliann M. Paine

Lilliann M. Paine

Director of Technical Assistance and Business Development, National Birth Equity Collaborative and former Chief of Staff, Milwaukee Health Department



LaShawn McIver

LaShawn McIver

Director of the Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services



Alan Nevel

Alan Nevel

Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer, The MetroHealth System



Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee

Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Chief Community Impact Officer, Ascension




2021 Conference Sponsors

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