2015 Summit Presentations


2015 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and CBC Spring Health Braintrust

The March Toward Health Equity

Presentations and Videos

Day 1: April 20

Day One Opening Plenary (video)


  • Gary A. Puckrein, PhD
  • Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (D-IL)


  • Lawrence Sanders, Jr., MD
  • Ho Luong Tran, MD, MPH
  • Barbara Hutchinson, MD
  • Julie K. Goonewardene, MS

CME Session 1. Managing Chronic Pain in Biodiverse Patient Populations

  • Christopher Ervin, MD, Moderator
  • Randall C. Morgan, Jr., MD, MBA: “Muskuloskeletal Health Disparities and the Underutilizationi of Hip and Knee Replacements in Diverse Populations” (2.20MB PDF)
  • Carmen R. Green, MD: “Pain Care Disparities: Addressing the Unequal Burden through Knowledge and Policy” (8.15MB PDF)
  • Gail S. Kerr, MD, FRCP(Edin): “Preventing Pain in RA” (1.23MB PDF)

Plenary: Biodiversity in Infectious Disease Alliance: Targeting the Hepatitis-C and HIV in Diverse Communities (video)

  • Audra Wilson, Esq., Moderator
  • Marsha A. Martin, DSW: “Minorities, Disparities and HIV: The March Toward or Long Haul?” (2.63MB PDF)
  • Amanda D. Castel, MD, MPH: “Community Viral Load (CVL): A Novel Marker to Measure Progress in HIV Prevention” (1.20MB PDF)
  • Nina Delorenzo

CME Session 2. Treating Heart Failure in Biodiverse Patient Populations

  • Christopher Ervin, MD, Moderator
  • Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASH, FNLA: “Treating Heart Failure in Biodiverse Patient Populations: Best Practices and Unveiling Disparities in Blacks” (2.66MB PDF)
  • Dennis M. McNamara, MD: “Parmacogenomics of Heart Failure in African Americans” (2.62MB PDF)

Plenary: Biodiversity in Metabolic Disease Alliance: National Agenda to Reduce Diabetes-Related Hospitalizations in Biodiverse Communities (video)

  • Brandon Garrett, JD, Moderator
  • Gary A. Puckrein, PhD
  • Brent M. Egan, MD: “National Agenda to Reduce Diabetes-Related Hospitalizations in Biodiverse Communities” (1.88MB PDF)
  • Coletrane Stansbury, MPP
  • Lisa Valtierra: “Cuida Tu Don de la Salud” (1.18MB PDF)

CME Session 3. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Detection and Treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia

  • Courtney Lang, JD, Moderator
  • William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DLFAPA: “Diagnosing and Treating Mental Disorders in People of Color” (6.59MB PDF)
  • Annelle B. Primm, MD, MPH: “Racial Disparities in Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia” (4.56MB PDF)
  • Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH: “Behavioral Health in Children: Moving Upstream to Address Disparities” (2.94MB PDF)

Plenary: Biodiversity in Cardiovascular Disease Alliance: Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure and Hypertension in African Americans (video)

  • Kayce Ataiyero, Moderator
  • Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASH, FNLA: “Improving Hypertension Outcomes in the Blacks: Current Concepts and Evidence-based Approaches” (1.57MB PDF)
  • Jackson T. Wright, Jr., MD, PhD, FACP, FASH: “Current US Hypertension Guidelines: Are They Age and Race Appropriate?” (1.65MB PDF)
  • Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, FACC, FASNC, FACP, FAHA: “Guidelines for Pharmcologic Treatment of Heart Failure in African American Patients” (4.19MB PDF)

Biodiversity Health Policy Luncheon and Award Ceremony (video)

  • Brandon Webb, Moderator
  • Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH
  • Thomas F. Zenty, III, 2015 Booker T. Washington Award Recipient
  • Ronald M. Wyatt, MD MHA: “The March Toward Health Equity” (2.35MB PDF)
  • Traci Ferguson, MD, MBA: “NMQF BioDiversity Luncheon” (1.91MB PDF)
  • Alan Ryan, RPh, MBA
  • Krista Drobac

CME Session 4. An Update on HIV in Biodiverse Populations: Are We Making Progress?

  • Christopher Ervin, MD, Moderator
  • Goulda A. Downer, PhD, RD, LN, CNS, FAND: “Cultural Competency: Key to Eliminating HIV Disparity” (1.26MB PDF)
  • Fabian Sandoval, MD

Plenary: Biodiversity in Clinical Trials Alliance: I’m In National Clinical Trial Registration Month (video)

  • Keenan Austin, Moderator
  • Salvatore Alesci, MD, PhD
  • Luther T. Clark, MD, FACC, FACP: “Patient Engagement across the Drug Discovery and Development Continuum” (818KB PDF)
  • Naomi Lowy, MD: “Drug Trials Snapshots: Making Minority Demographic Data More Available and Transparent” (1.18MB PDF)
  • Albert T. Roy: “Alliance for Lupus Research” (952KB PDF)
  • Karen Brooks: “Diversity in Clinical Trials at Pfizer” (644KB PDF)

CME Session 5. Challenges and Potential Solutions to Delivering Evidence-Based Care to Patients with Diabetes

  • Christopher Ervin, MD, Moderator
  • Brent Egan, MD: “Challenges and Potential Solutions to Delivering Evidence-Based Care to Patients with Diabetes” (2.25MB PDF)
  • Robert Martinez, MD: “Doctors, We Have a Problem … the Renaissance Difference” (1.56MB PDF)
  • Gail Nunlee-Bland, MD, FACE, FAAP

Plenary: Biodiversity in Neuroscience Alliance: Multiple Sclerosis in Diverse Populations (video)

  • Deanne Millison, Esq., Moderator
  • Mitzi Joi Williams, MD: “Multiple Sclerosis in the African-American Population” (1.04MB PDF)
  • Lilyana Amezcua, MD, MS: “Multiple Sclerosis in Hispanics: Unrecognized or Emerging?” (1.33MB PDF)
  • Hollie Schmidt: “iConquerMS™: Building a Diverse, Engaged and Empowered Community for MS Research” (392KB PDF)
  • Javier Barrientos: “Our Commitment to Patients: MS Underserved Populations Initiative” (454KB PDF)

Plenary: Biodiversity in Cancer Alliance: Challenging Multiple Myeloma, Breast and Cervical Cancers in Biodiverse Communities (video)

  • Audra Wilson, Esq, Moderator
  • Edith Mitchell, MD, FACP
  • Deanna Darlington: “Amgen’s Approach to Patient Advocacy” (318KB PDF)
  • Chris Draft: (21.3MB PDF)

Health Policy Town Hall and Dinner: “Biodiversity and Health Care Quality: The 21st Century Challenge” (video)

  • Dan Leonard, Moderator: “Biodiversity and Health Care Quality: The 21st Century Challenge” (797KB PDF)
  • C. Daniel Mullins, PhD: “Patient Differences: Biologic and Non-Biologic Factors” (468KB PDF)
  • Gary A. Puckrein, PhD
  • Georgia M. Dunston, PhD: “Biological Diversity and Disease Presentation” (2.55MB PDF)
  • Adolph P. Falcon: “Genes, Culture, and Health: Ensuring the Best Health Outcomes for All” (581KB PDF)

Day 2: April 21

Day Two Opening Plenary (video)


  • Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (D-IL)
  • Gary A. Puckrein, PhD

Keynote Speaker and Recipient of Charles Richard Drew Award: Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, US Surgeon General

Concurrent Breakout 1: The State of Safety Net Hospitals and What Can be Done to Better Them

  • Virgil Miller, MPH, Moderator
  • Tim Egan
  • Joel Freedman
  • Carladenise Edwards, PhD, MS.Ed

Concurrent Breakout 2: The Effects of Gun Violence on the Mental Health of the Community (video)

  • Abdul Henderson, Moderator
  • Doriane Miller, MD
  • Jalon Arthur
  • Sonya Clay

Concurrent Breakout 3: Innovation in Medicine and Healthcare

  • Timothy Robinson, Esq., Moderator
  • Eckhard Alt, MD, PhD: “Cellular Therapeutics: Precision Medicine at Work Today” (4.05MB PDF)
  • AJ Jones, MPH
  • Abner Mason: “Linking Spanish Speakers with 24/7 Access to Health Advice” (1.57MB PDF)

CBC Spring Health Braintrust Luncheon and Awards Ceremony: Discussion on the State of Black Health (video)

  • Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Host
  • The Honorable Frank J. Pallone (D-NJ), Awardee
  • Brandon Garrett, JD
  • Timothy Robinson, Esq., Awardee
  • Stefanie Brown James, Moderator
  • Opella Ernest, MD: “Town Hall Discussion on the State of Black Health” (339KB PDF)
  • Daniel E. Dawes, Esq.: “State of Black Health: Marching to Health Equity” (1.18MB PDF)

Concurrent Breakout 4: Respiratory Concerns in the African American Community (video)

  • Audra Wilson, Esq., Moderator
  • Alvin Thomas, MD
  • Walter D. Conwell, MD

Concurrent Breakout 6: The Changing Face of Heart Disease and Stroke

  • Kendra Brown, JD, M.Div., Moderator
  • Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, FACC, FACP
  • Pamela Garman Johnson
  • Charley John

2015 Leadership Awards Dinner (video)

  • John Brockington, Host


  • Gary A. Puckrein, PhD
  • Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA)


  • Julie K. Goonewardene, MS
  • Andre Collins


Chairman’s Award

  • Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, Presenter
  • Mr. John Castellani, Awardee

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Presenter
  • The Honorable James “Jim” Clyburn, Awardee

Keynote Address

  • The Honorable James “Jim” Clyburn