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InSight Initiative Summit 6:
Detailed Program

Moving toward Equitable Health Sciences Knowledge Sharing

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Program Schedule

Tuesday, May 4 Session Speakers/Panelists/Information
11:00–11:15am Welcome & Opening Session John Gallagher
Chair, MLA InSight Initiative Steering Committee
Kevin Baliozian
Daniel J. Doody
Summit Facilitator
(There will be a small break between session and discussions.)
Anti-Racism Training Session & Small Group Discussions Audra Davis, PsyD
Managing Partner, The Exeter Group
Latham Williams, JD
Senior Consultant, The Exeter Group
1:30–1:45pm Break  
1:45–2:45pm Keynote Address with Q&A
Moving toward Equitable Health Sciences Knowledge Sharing
Sandra Harris-Hooker, PhD
Vice President & Executive Vice Dean, Research & Academic Administration; Professor, Pathology & Anatomy, Morehouse School of Medicine
2:45–3:00pm Break  
3:00–3:45pm Small Group Session #1  
3:45–4:00pm Wrap-up; preview of next day's program  


Wednesday, May 5 Session Speakers/Panelists/Information
11:00–11:05am Welcome & Housekeeping Daniel J. Doody
Summit Facilitator
11:05am–12:05pm Panel 1
Dissemination of critical information to all health populations
Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School
Robert L. Jennings
Executive Director, National Public Health Information Coalition
Laka Mitiku Negassa, MPH
Author and former policy fellow, RespectAbility
12:05–12:20pm Break  
12:20–1:15pm Small Group Session #2  
1:15–1:45pm Break  
1:45–2:45pm Panel 2
Representation and exclusion in scholarly publishing
Leslie Chan
Associate Professor, Arts, Culture and Media; Associate Director, Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto–Scarborough
Vabren Watts, PhD
Director, Health Equity Project at Health Affairs
Kerry Webb
Senior Acquisitions Editor, The University of Texas Press
2:45–3:00pm Break  
3:00–3:45pm Small Group Session #3  
3:45–4:00pm Wrap-up; preview of next day’s program  


Thursday, May 6 Session Speakers/Panelists/Information
11:00–11:05am Welcome & Housekeeping Daniel J. Doody
Summit Facilitator
11:05–11:35am Small Group Session #4 – Reports  
11:35am–12:00pm Small Group Session #5  
12:00–12:15pm Break  
12:15–1:30pm Panel 3
Race & medical publishing
Lisa Barkley, MD, FAAFP
Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Mary Beth Hamel, MD, MPH
Executive Editor, New England Journal of Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE
Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs & Division Director of General Internal Medicine, The GW Medical Faculty Associates; Professor, The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Margaret Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN
Director, First Nations House of Learning; Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
1:30–2:00pm Break  
2:00–3:00pm Small Group Session #6  
3:00–3:15pm Break  
3:15–3:45pm Small Group Session #7 – Reports  
3:45–4:05pm Final Business Daniel J. Doody
Summit Facilitator
4:05–4:15pm Closing Remarks John Gallagher
Chair, MLA InSight Initiative Steering Committee
Kevin Baliozian


Keynote Speaker

Moving toward Equitable Health Sciences Knowledge Sharing

Tuesday, May 4, 1:45-2:45pm CT

Harris-Hooker_1Apr21Sandra Harris-Hooker, PhD is Vice President and Executive Vice Dean for Research and Academic Administration and Professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomy at Morehouse School of Medicine. With professional training in cell biology and postgraduate training in cardiovascular pathology, Dr. Harris-Hooker has worked in the area of vascular cell biology for over 25 years studying endothelial dysfunction involvement in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and other vascular cell-mediated injuries. She and her colleagues’ study of vascular cells response to injury in a microgravity environment was one of the projects flown on NASA’s historic Discovery (STS-95) space shuttle flight. While her primary research interest is vascular cell biology, she is also interested in ways by which to integrate basic, clinical and population-based research in order to reduce and eventually eliminate disparities in health.

Dr. Harris-Hooker arrived at Morehouse School of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine and was intrigued by this energetic new medical school and the unique opportunity to help shape its future by teaching, mentoring and providing research training to minority students. Dr. Harris-Hooker has been instrumental in directing or facilitating several institutional research programs at MSM and these initiatives have aided in enhancing the research training infrastructure for MSM student and faculty trainees. Over the years, Dr. Harris-Hooker and a small yet determined team of colleagues have built a respectable research enterprise at Morehouse School of Medicine that is poised to contribute to economic improvement in Georgia, the region and the nation. She envisions the evolution of the MSM Clinical and Research Enterprises as an integrated approach to discover the scientific, medical and social reasons why certain communities are less healthy than others, and what steps can be taken to change their situations. Dr. Harris-Hooker has received numerous honors internal and external to the institution and serves on several national boards and committees.

Dr. Harris-Hooker graduated from Dillard University with a degree in Biology and earned a PhD in Developmental Biology from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). Upon completion of her PhD., Dr. Harris-Hooker completed a three-year Cardiovascular Research Fellowship in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine. After training at the UW, she served on the faculty in the Department of Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine before joining the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine.


Anti-Racism Training Session

Davis_29Mar31Audra Davis, PsyD is an Organizational Psychologist who connects research with practice. She leverages formal training, unending passion and a nearly 20-year track record of successfully developing people and organizations’ potential to bridge where they are and where they want to be.

Dr. Davis is Managing Partner and leads the Organizational Development practice at Exeter. For the past several years, her exclusive focus has been supporting healthcare executives in developing culturally-competent and capable workforces. She helps organizations provide quality patient care through diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence strategies and practices. Dr. Davis has presented at the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and the National Association for Health Services Executives (NAHSE), among other organizations.

Dr. Davis has functional expertise in several organizational effectiveness areas, including diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, talent management, business process improvement and quality. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and is certified in Executive Selection Assessment.

Dr. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from DePauw University and a master’s and doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Rutgers University. She is a 2016 Diversity MBA Magazine Top 100 Under 50 winner, and a current member of the DePauw Board of Visitors.


Williams.jpgLatham Williams, JD has over twenty-five years of experience serving on boards and advising boards and senior leadership teams on a variety of issues including matters relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He excels at career and performance coaching, executive recruiting and leadership assessment and development.

Mr. Williams served over eleven years as the chief legal officer at Hudson Global. He also was a member of its Leadership Team and served as a board director on approximately twenty foreign Hudson Global subsidiaries. Mr. Williams was an equity partner in the Chicago offices of Gardner, Carton & Douglas (now, Faegre Drinker) and Sidley Austin LLP.

He was a guest lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley (Haas Business School), Stanford Law School, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Chicago-Kent College of Law, the American Medical Association, and the American Dental Association.

Mr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, a master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He studied at the University of Ghana and participated in a foreign language study abroad program in Bogota, Colombia. Mr. Williams is proficient in oral and written Spanish.


Exeter.pngThe Exeter Group is a Chicago-based healthcare consulting firm. For over 20 years, Exeter’s consulting services have focused on clients’ critical issues and opportunities that support equity for their patients, workforce, suppliers and communities served. Exeter brings deep functional expertise but is known for its holistic perspective; it leverages qualitative and quantitative data across boundaries and between silos of any organization. Exeter delivers measurable and sustainable leadership and organizational development, talent management, performance improvement, talent acquisition and strategy development solutions to improve its clients’ equity intelligence.


Panel 1–Dissemination of critical information to all health populations

Wednesday, May 5, 11:05am-12:05pm CT

Cunningham.jpgBrooke Cunningham, MD, PhD is a general internist, a sociologist, and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota in 2014, Dr. Cunningham completed medical school and graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, both a research fellowship in General Internal Medicine and the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University, and an AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship at the Medica Research Institute. As a clinician, Dr. Cunningham practices internal medicine at the Community-University Health Care Clinic (CUHCC), a federally-qualified health clinic that serves a diverse patient population, most of whom live in poverty. As an educator, she teaches first year medical students at the University of Minnesota about race as a social construct and the mechanisms through which racism affects health. As a researcher, she uses mixed methods to examine factors that impede or facilitate health systems’ efforts to address health equity, such as colorblindness, implicit bias, and conceptualizing race as a biological variable. Dr. Cunningham was recently awarded an NIH NHLBI K23 Mentored Career Development Award to develop and test a feasible, acceptable, and evidence-based method for health care providers to communicate about racism with their African-American patients. Dr. Cunningham aims to increase physicians’ abilities to address racism as a fundamental cause of disease, improve the quality of race-discordant (e.g., White provider-Black patient) therapeutic relationships, and transform health care delivery systems to better meet the needs of diverse populations.


Jennings_30Mar21Robert Jennings is a communications and public relations professional with more than 30 years of experience in various public and private sector organizations. As the current executive director of the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), the premiere network of public health communicators in the United States, he is responsible for overseeing its daily management and operations; assuring efficient management of its financial and human resources; facilitating the needs of its members; and strengthening and maintaining close relationships with its affiliate partners which includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public/private organizations. Mr. Jennings previously served as the Director of Communications for the Ohio Department of Health (2008-2015) where he was responsible for overseeing all internal and external communications for the state’s lead public health agency. Mr. Jennings is an active member of the Ohio Public Health Association (an affiliate of the American Public Health Association) where he serves as co-chair of its Health and Equity in All Policies Committee. Mr. Jennings holds a Bachelor of Science in communications and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy with a concentration in strategic management


Negassa_30Mar21Laka Mitiku Negassa, MPH is a recent graduate of the Health Policy program at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Negassa is unreservedly interested in the evaluation of current health policies to be part of those who are working to amend areas that need reformation so it can work for all. Her focus is on how current health policies ensure access to equitable quality healthcare, and addressing solutions to the gaps in reaching this outcome. A Black immigrant woman living with an acquired disability, Negassa has had the honor and opportunity to be part of multiple speaking engagements where she was able to narrate her personal journey and reflections at the non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization, RespectAbility. These opportunities include speaking as a panelist at RespectAbility’s 2019 Capitol Hill Summit on a panel titled “Success Stories of Self Advocates.” Born in Ethiopia, Negassa immigrated to the United States after completing her senior year of high school. In January 2013, she was in an accident that caused her to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with organ lacerations and broken bones which required major medical interventions. The recovery took nearly two years and while recovering, Negassa personally experienced the health disparities and healthcare inequities encountered by underrepresented groups that are known to experience disparities and inequities in health care: immigrants, women, people of color, and people with disabilities. Negassa looks forward to delivering her academic-based knowledge, lived experience and outlook on topics relating to disability inclusion and advocacy, especially equity in health care.

Panel Moderator

Dexter_30Mar21Nadine Dexter, EdD, MLS, D-AHIP is the Founding Director of the University of Central Florida Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library. She is responsible for the successful start-up, planning, direction, and operation of all administrative and service functions. Dr. Dexter’s area of expertise is creating “Born Digital” health science libraries and developing and applying technology tools for teaching, learning, assessment, and outreach for integrating library training programs into the health sciences curricula and clinical environment. Beginning in 2000 until leaving for the Founding Health Sciences Library Director position at the College of Medicine in 2008, Dr. Dexter developed and implemented a plan for creating the collections, staffing, and programs at the Maguire Medical Library at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, Florida.

Panel 2–Representation and exclusion in scholarly publishing

Wednesday, May 5, 1:45-2:45pm CT

Chan.jpgLeslie Chan is Associate Professor in the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the director of the Knowledge Equity Lab. Leslie’s teaching and professional interests centre on the geopolitics of knowledge production and circulation, with a focus on how networking technologies are enabling new forms of collaborations, while also amplifying and reproducing embedded power relations and inequality. In particular Leslie has been exploring the dynamics of university community partnership and the patterns of meanings around knowledge co-creation, participatory research, and how community engaged modes of knowledge production could contribute to different frameworks of research impact assessment. Since 2000, Leslie has served as the director of Bioline International, an open access platform for scientific journals from the global south. He is on the advisory board of a number of organizations, including the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and the steering committee of Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI).



Vabren Watts, PhD is a national science and health communicator and health equity expert with proven experience in enhancing visibility of high-profile organizations. He has published in multiple peer-reviewed science and medical journals and authored more than 300 articles in news media outlets such as WebMD, Psychiatric News, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Dr. Watts has a deep background in advocating for health equity for marginalized and minority populations, having served as a spokesperson on such topics for the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, American Psychiatric Association, and most recently the public health journal Health Affairs, where he serves as Director of Health Equity. Dr. Watts received a Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and completed his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology.


Webb_1Apr21.jpgKerry Webb is a Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Texas Press. She acquires scholarly books in multiple disciplines, such as history, cultural studies, political science, sociology, and health for the Latinx and Latin American Studies list at the press. She is also currently working as the co-lead for the C4DISC/Toolkit for Equity in Scholarly Publishing for BIPOC People, a cross-organizational effort involving many volunteers from the AUPresses community. This toolkit is one in a series of three that are designed to provide antiracism resources for allies; for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and for organizations within the scholarly publishing community. The Antiracism Toolkit for BIPOC will provide advice on safely navigating predominantly white spaces that may feel exclusionary, building mentorship relationships, expanding career paths, advocating for change, and self-care. 

Panel Moderator

Gibson.jpgDonna Gibson, MLS is the Director of Library Services for the Nathan Cummings Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and has been in this role since August 2009. MSK is one of the world's premier cancer centers committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs. The close collaboration between physicians and scientists is a unique strength, enabling them to provide patients with the best care available today as they work to discover more-effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. The Library supports this commitment to patient care and strives to provide access to a dynamic collection and targeted services. Ms. Gibson joined MSK in 2004 as the Associate Director, User Services. Prior to her move to the Center, she worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb in various roles in managing research libraries and information centers and working on enterprise-wide projects. Ms. Gibson is committed to executing knowledge management initiatives to improve business results by educating, innovating, and collaborating with users. She is focused on delivering services that enhance the user's information retrieval experience from start to finish. This includes partnering with users to better understand how published literature, information services, technology, and social networking tools integrate within their work environment.

Panel 3–Race & medical publishing

Thursday, May 6, 12:15-1:30pm CT

Barkley_1Apr21.jpegLisa Barkley, MD, FAAFP, FSAHM, FACSM is the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). She was the founding Program Director for the newly re-established Family Medicine Residency Program at CDU. The program entered its first class in June 2018. She led the program to initial and continuing accreditation by the ACGME. She is triple board certified, and fellowship trained in family, adolescent, and sports medicine. Prior to starting at CDU in 2017, Dr. Barkley was the founding Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine (UCF). She led that program to initial accreditation by the LCME in diversity and inclusion and in the medical school’s integrated curriculum, she directed the longitudinal theme in Culture, Health and Society. Before coming to UCF in 2010, she was the founding Dean of the College of Health and Public Policy, the Medical Director for University Health Services and Head Team Physician at Delaware State University. Dr. Barkley received her M.D. at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and completed her residency in family medicine at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown, PA, where she was elected Chief Resident in her PGY 3. Following residency, she completed fellowship training in adolescent and sports medicine at Christiana Care Health Systems in Wilmington, DE. She has received numerous awards for her leadership in the community, medical education and clinic. Dr. Barkley has dedicated her career to advancing health equity, especially for adolescent populations impacted by health disparities.


Hamel_30Mar21Mary Beth Hamel, MD, MPH is the Executive Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a faculty member in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she practices primary care, teaches clinical medicine and research methodology, and conducts clinical research in the areas of palliative care and geriatrics. Her editorial work at the New England Journal of Medicine focuses on health policy, health service delivery, geriatrics, and gastroenterology.


Lypson_30Mar21Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE is Professor, Vice Chair of Medicine and Division Director of General Internal Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Lypson is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Brown University, and received her MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She was a Resident in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital. This was followed by two years at the University of Chicago as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, where during her tenure she and received a MHPE from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lypson subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she was a Professor of Medicine, holding many other academic administrative appointments including Assistant Dean for GME and Interim Associate Dean of Diversity and Career Development until 2017; she continues to maintain an active adjunct role. After leaving Ann Arbor, Dr. Lypson served as Director of Medical and Dental Education in the Office of Academic Affiliations, Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office - Washington, DC. In addition to her Vice Chair role, Dr. Lypson oversees the Primary Care Service Line at GW and is also serving as President-elect for the Society of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Lypson is nationally known in areas of Medical Education, Competency Based Education, Communication Skills Education/Assessment, Cultural Competency and Health Equity Education/Assessment, Minority Pipelines in Medicine, Inter-professional Health Education and Veteran Centered Care Education. She has published over 125 articles, abstracts and book chapters. She has been and continues to be active on multiple committees and other assignments for the SGIM, AAMC and ACGME just to name a few. She is currently a Health Innovator Fellow in the Aspen Global Leadership Network and previously completed an ELAM Fellowship at Drexel. Dr. Lypson is a New Associate Editor for the Journal of Academic Medicine and recently co-authored the article entitled “Learning From the Past and Working in the Present to Create an Antiracist Future for Academic Medicine.” She will join Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons as Vice Dean for Medical Education on June 1, 2021.


Moss.JPGMargaret Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota and is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates. Dr. Moss is currently at the University of British Columbia as Director of the First Nations House of Learning and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Applied Science/School of Nursing. She has been on faculty at the University at Buffalo, Yale University, and the University of Minnesota. She was a 2014 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal/Indigenous Life and Culture in the North American Context at McGill University, Montreal, QC. As a RWJF Health Policy Fellow she staffed the US Senate Special Committee on Aging (2008-9) and was original lead staff on the now enacted National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Dr. Moss has published the first nursing textbook on American Indian health (Springer 2015), which won AJN Book of the Year in two categories in 2016. Her next text, Health Equity and Nursing (Springer) was out March 2020. She has given over 150 presentations on these topics especially in and about the four settler states New Zealand, Australia, Canada and across the US.

Panel Moderator

Perry.JPGGerald (Jerry) Perry, MLS, AHIP, FMLA is Associate Dean for University of Arizona Libraries (UAL). In this role, he is a member of the Dean’s Working Group, which provides executive leadership oversight of UAL. He is responsible for coordinating assessment efforts across the entire UAL system. All UAL Research and Learning librarians report to Jerry by way of their department head. Jerry has nearly 40 years of experience as a health sciences librarian. He has been active in the Medical Library Association, serving as President (2011-2012), Janet Doe Lecturer (2019), and Marcia C. Noyes Awardee (2020). He was named a Fellow of the Association in 2018. Academic interests include leadership and administration, informatics, evidence-based practice, and diversity and inclusion. Personal interests include gardening, biking, hiking, baseball, hockey, and music.


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