Health Equity

Report: Maternal Health Disparities: Challenges, Trends, and the Way Forward

January 20, 2022

Prepared by Executives for Health Innovation (EHI) and Philips Healthcare, and based on a 2021 EHI roundtable, Maternal Health Matters: Equitable Access, Care, and Technology, this timely new report explores the maternal health crisis and offers real-world examples and solutions designed to eliminate disparities in maternal health and reduce maternal mortality rates.

Areas of Focus:

  1. Dynamics in Maternal Care that Lead to Disparities
  2.  Policies Facilitate Change
  3. Utilizing Technology to Increase Health Equity
  4. The Way Forward


Digital Health Equity Summit

In November 2021, EHI hosted a Digital Health Equity Summit. More than 1,500 registrants learned how digital health tools are being used to bridge geographical issues, language barriers, and affordability gaps, and how robust individual-level data can help health organizations improve patient outcomes.

Panels explored how institutional practices and policies should change to ensure the inequities in our current health care system are not carried over as it continues to modernize.

View the agenda, speakers, and sponsors here »

Summit Recordings

  • Welcome & Keynote Address, Dr. LaShawn McIverDirector, Office of Minority Health, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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  • Advancing Digital Health Equity for Rural & Underserved Populations: The Role of Federally Qualified Health Centers
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  • Executive Interview: How SDOH Data is Changing Healthcare Delivery
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  • Delivering Maternal Health Equity Through Telehealth and Digital Tools
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  • Venture Capital & Health Equity: Exploring Trends in Digital Health Investments
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  • Exploring Varying Modes of Digital Health: What Works Best for Your Patient Population?
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  • Reimbursement for Virtual Care: A Key to Increasing Access to Healthcare for Disparate Communities
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  • Driving Health Equity Through Diversity in Health Leadership (Programs, Data, and Policy)
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  • EHI Board Chair Remarks & Commitment to Advancing Digital Health Equity
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  • The White Male Doctor Will See You Now: Utilizing Digital Health to Increase Access to Diverse Providers
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  • Addressing Inequities in Health Data Use
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  • How Virtual Care is Expanding Access for Vulnerable Communities
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  • Congressional Panel on Expanding Digital Health in Rural and Underserved Communities
    Off the Record
  • Why the Internet Isn’t Enough to Close the Digital Divide: Building Solutions for All Patient Populations
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  • Key Considerations When Integrating SDOH Data in Payment Models
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  • Closing Keynote, Roy Weathers, CEO, CEO Action for Racial Equity
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Report: Maturing Virtual Care Tribal Communities

December 20, 2021

This Executive Roundtable Panel focused on how Native Americans/Alaskan Natives are using telehealth to reach patients in resource constraint communities to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion addressed the data gaps and challenges, funding sources, the existing digital divide and provider innovations in the delivery of care.

WEBINAR: Using Evaluation Data to Drive Social Determinants of Health Program Improvement Strategies

October 26, 2021

Setting up a successful social determinants of health (SDOH) program can be difficult. Knowing how to evaluate outcomes and what to do based on results is critical to achieving patient satisfaction, improved care, and ROI. A multi-layered, flexible approach can help organizations achieve this goal.

This webinar explained how to facilitate accurate identification of SDOH risks and demonstrated connecting vulnerable patient populations with much-needed services. It also covered how to design comprehensive evaluation plans. Attendees learned strategic approaches for using evaluation, outcome, and meaningful SDOH data to drive process improvement and keep SDOH initiatives relevant to the needs of the populations that they serve. 




Kat Istas, MPH
Program & Evaluation Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians









Monica Simmonds
Director of Advisory Services, SDoH






Andrea Green
Manager of Healthcare Strategy






Jen Covich Bordenick
Chief Executive Officer










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WEBINAR: Publishing Prices: Going Beyond the Spreadsheet

October 21, 2021

What would change if patients knew the cost of care before they went to a doctor's office? 

eHI joined Axway, Zipnosis, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota to discuss partner connectivity and process challenges, managing bulk data, and using APIs to source data and deliver results to patients and providers. 



Ruby Raley
VP of Healthcare

Ruby Raley has a background in both technology and healthcare. Starting as a programmer, she grew into a divisional CIO before moving to healthcare and life sciences where she has held a variety of customer-facing roles. Ruby also has significant supply chain experience including a stint at Cardinal Health and a strong background working with payer and providers. Currently, Ruby applies her unique market insight and perspective to help customers solve problems and reduce costs using Axway's leading edge digital integration, API and content collaboration and healthcare solutions portfolio. Ruby holds a Master's of science in systems science from the University of West Florida.


Dr. Anders Carlson
Medical Director of Clinical Content

Dr. Anders Carlson is the Medical Director of Clinical Content at Zipnosis, part of Bright Health. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism fellowship at the University of Vermont. In his previous clinical practice for over a decade at HealthPartners, he helped direct the diabetes education programs and oversaw many clinical trials focused on therapeutics and medical devices at the International Diabetes Center. He has a strong clinical and research interest in telehealth and medical devices, particularly technologies used to manage diabetes.

Jeff Ubben
Vice President, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, Special Investigations
Chief Compliance Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

Jeff is Vice President of Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, & Special Investigations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) and also serves as the company’s Chief Compliance Officer. In this role, Jeff oversees BCBSND’s corporate compliance and ethics program, its regulatory compliance program, its payment integrity program, its special investigations & provider audit teams, and serves as the company’s chief liaison with the North Dakota Insurance Department (NDID).

Prior to his position at BCBSND, Jeff was North Dakota’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner and also served as General Counsel for the NDID for several years. Earlier in his career, Jeff worked as a prosecutor wherein he successfully prosecuted several large cases of insurance fraud in North Dakota.  



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WEBINAR: Challenges to Delivering (and Receiving) Telehealth Across State Lines

October 21, 2021

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many statutory and regulatory restrictions on the use of telehealth were relaxed in order to facilitate the on-going provision of health care while in-person interactions for non-essential care were halted. Many states issued emergency orders to temporarily waive requirements that a clinician must be licensed in the same state where their patient is located at the time of care.

As many of these emergency waivers end, many patients and providers are wondering how current state-based clinician licensing systems can and will transform to meet the needs of a modern, technology-enabled health care system. On this webinar, you will hear from telehealth providers, clinician licensing experts, and patient representatives on current clinician licensing systems, challenges to providing and receiving health care across state lines, as well as how some states and clinician types are addressing these issues to facilitate cross-state telehealth and improve licensure portability.


Brian Hasselfeld, MD
Medical Director, Digital Health and Telemedicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine



Rebecca Fotsch
Director, State Advocacy & Legislative Affairs
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)



Lisa Robin, MLA
Chief Advocacy Officer
Federation of State Medical Boards






Heidi Ross
Director of Policy
National Organization for Rare Disorders





Catherine Pugh
Assistant Vice President, Policy
eHealth Initiative

WEBINAR: How Technology Can Help Medical-Legal Partnerships Address Social Determinants of Health

October 08, 2021

As reimbursement policies for telehealth loosened due to the pandemic, more vulnerable and underserved communities were accessing health care services. This provided an opportunity to further utilize technology to address social determinants of health – such as safe and affordable housing, unemployment benefits, and immigration status – through the use of Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs).

eHI joined with the Partnership for a Connected Illinois for a discussion on MLPs, how they are addressing social determinants of health, and the importance of continuing utilization of telehealth to best serve vulnerable and underserved communities.



Nichole J. Mirocha, DO

Nichole J. Mirocha, DO is an Associate Professor  and Associated Residency Program Director of Clinic Family & Community Medicine with Southern Illinois School of Medicine. She works at the SIU Center for Family Medicine, an FQHC and patient-centered medical home serving the Springfield and surrounding communities. She is a founding member of the Comprehensive Care Clinic, a multidisciplinary care clinic designed for patients with complex medical and social needs. The clinic takes referrals mainly from outside agencies within Springfield which includes but is not limited to Mental Health Court, Springfield Police department, local hospitals, and Community Health Workers. Many of the patients within the CCC have history of significant mental health conditions, live in poverty, suffer from severe chronic medical conditions, and lack the social support needed to thrive. Goals of the CCC ultimately are to improve patient satisfaction and engagement in primary care, reduce utilization of emergency services, and overall improve health and well-being of the population within the Springfield area.



Shelly Skinner

Shelly Skinner is focused on increasing access to justice through technology. She serves as a judge for a local Teen Court that implements restorative justice principles for youth who have been arrested for committing certain criminal offenses. In addition, she is working on establishing a pediatric medical-legal partnership in San Diego. Shelly is a member of Legal Services Corporation’s Emerging Leaders Council, and she holds appointments on the San Diego County Bar Association’s Technology Committee and Legal Ethics Committee. Previously, Shelly worked as a federal attorney for 12 years, handling traditional labor law matters and ethics issues.




Keegan Warren-Clem, J.D., LL.M.

Keegan Warren-Clem, J.D., LL.M., is a Practice Area Manager at Texas Legal Services Center, overseeing the Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault program, the Crime Victims program, and the Veteran Legal Assistance Program, and directly managing the Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP) department. Through MLPs at multiple healthcare sites, she works collaboratively with health care providers to improve health outcomes by bringing patient-centered legal and structural expertise into the delivery of health care. An adjunct professor with appointments at The University of Texas School of Law, McCombs School of Business, and School of Design and Creative Technologies, Keegan also challenges students and residents to explore connections between health and law. Currently, Keegan is engaged in research that takes an epidemiological approach to legal interventions as a concrete means for addressing social determinants of health, and she is a 2020 National Academies of Medicine Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholar. Keegan is a veteran of the Army National Guard and is also a member of the Order of St. Joan of Arc, the highest civilian award given by the Army Armor and Cavalry Associations. In her spare time, she rows crew.


Sara Agate, JD, MPH

Sara is a collaborative leader with a focus on access to justice and healthcare services who brings innovative, inclusive solutions to the table. With over a decade of expertise in healthcare and public health policy and law, and legislative advocacy, her passion for technology has led to noteworthy change in both the public and private sectors.






Candice Stearns, JD

Candice is the Medical Legal Partnership Staff Attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Aid’s Northern Regional Office located in Springfield, Illinois.  She is a graduate of Southern Illinois School of Law. Prior to law school, Candice served as a domestic violence legal advocate with the Macoupin County Public Health Department assisting domestic violence survivors in obtaining orders of protection and accompanying survivors to court proceedings. During her time as a legal advocate, she developed the desire to become an attorney and enrolled in law school.  Candice joined Land of Lincoln Legal Aid in 2018, where her practice centered on representing domestic violence survivors in the Northern Regional Office’s ten-county service territory in orders of protection, custody, and divorce matters.  Candice transitioned to her role as the Northern Regional Office’s Medical Legal Partnership attorney in July of 2021.

Candice is passionate about helping improve the quality of lives of her clients and the communities she serves.  In Fall 2020, Candice received an award from Dove, Inc., located in Decatur, Illinois, in recognition of her compassionate service and commitment to assisting domestic violence survivors in the Macon County community.  She serves as a committee member on the Illinois Access to Justice Commission’s Protective Orders Subcommittee in charge of the development, review, and drafting of Protective Orders forms to be published on the Illinois Supreme Court Standardized Forms website. She is an appointed member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Human and Civil Rights Section Council, a member of the Illinois 6th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council, and a committee member of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s 2021 Legal Aid Recruitment and Retention Study Advisory Committee.  Candice is also active in the Sangamon County, Central Illinois Women’s, and Decatur Bar Associations. 


This webinar is co-sponsored by 

White Paper: Maintaining Quality While Combatting Health Inequity

October 05, 2021

Health disparities rooted in social determinants of health are regularly linked to social inequities that exist in American society. Should the healthcare industry be taking responsibility for resolving these inequities, and if so, what actions can be taken to lead and encourage improvement? Read Inovalon’s white paper to learn more insight on how your health plan can alleviate health inequities among its member populations.