Health Equity Leadership Program: Gaining Trust and Confronting Disparities in Health Care

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

As members of the ACGME Pursuing Excellence Healthcare Disparities Collaborative, the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) is leveraging our institutional assets to engage senior medical students in developing leadership skills around eliminating health disparities.

All U.S.-based M4 students in good standing who are interested in health equity, diversity and inclusion work are invited to be part of this journey.

Please join us at this virtual event for an evening of presentations and discussions with a focus on Gaining Trust and Confronting Disparities in Health Care. The program will wrap up with Breakout Sessions led by Michigan Medicine staff in your department of interest. 

The 3rd Annual Health Equity Leadership Program is proudly sponsored by the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) at Michigan Medicine. OHEI aims to promote the development of leadership skills in medical students interested in health equity, diversity and inclusion work. This program is led by Marcia A. Perry M.D., Program Director, Health Equity Leadership Weekend, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine


4:00pm - 4:10pm  Opening remarks - Dr. David J. Brown, Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion, Associate Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Keynote speaker introduction - Dr. Marcia Perry 

4:10pm - 4:50pm Keynote - Trust in the HealthCare System - Dr. Rama A. Salhi, Fellow, National Clinician Scholars Program at IHPI, 2020-2022, Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Moderator: Dr. Marcia Perry, 10 minute Q&A

4:55pm - 6:00pm Confronting Disparities by Looking at Ourselves

Skin Color and Pulse Oximetry - Dr. Susan Goold, Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Policy and Management
Healthcare Equity REaL (Race Equity and Primary Language) Dashboard - Dr. Christopher Fung, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Anti-Racism Oversight Committee (AROC) - Steve Vinson, Senior Financial and Business Analyst and DEI Lead

Failure to Address a National Shame: The Care of Children with Sickle Cell Disease - Dr. Gary Freed, Percy and Mary Murphy Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Health Management and Policy, Associate Chair, Dept of Pediatrics, Director of Faculty Programs, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion

Moderator: Dr. Allecia M. Wilson, Forensic, Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology, Director, Autopsy and Forensic Services, Chief Medical Examiner, Washtenaw County and Livingston County Department of Pathology
25 minute Q&A

6:00pm 10-minute Break

6:15pm - 7:20pm Disparities in Access to Healthcare Highlighted by Covid 

Disparities in Telemedicine Access - Dr. Julia Chen, Virtual Care Lead, General Medicine, Clinical Instructor

Preventative Health Disparities Among African Americans - Dr. Nijuanna Irby-Johnson, Ambulatory Care Clinical Chief (ACCC) for General Internal Medicine, Assoc. Chief of Population Health, Quality and Strategy, Assistant Chief Ambulatory Care Operations Washtenaw, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine Division of General Medicine, General Medicine Clinic | Northville Health Centere

Racial Differences in Medically Assisted Therapy for Substance Use Disorder - Dr. Pooja Lagisetty, Assistant Professor, Internal-General Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Research Investigator, Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Moderator: Dr. Michael Lukela, Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Well-Being, Department of Medicine, Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine, Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
25 minute Q&A

7:20pm Introduction to Department Breakout Rooms

8:00pm Breakout rooms close

Please register your attendance HERE. After registering the meeting zoom link will instantly be shared and also emailed to you. Please add it to your calendar.

With questions or for additional information please contact Kim Ward at
We look forward to you attending.