April 19, 2018, 2:00 PM ET: Pursuing Health Equity in North Carolina
- Julie Kennedy Oehlert, DNP, RN, Chief Experience Officer, Vidant Health
- Jermaine McNair, Executive Director, NC CIVIL
- Jafet Arrieta, MD, MMS, Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
- Meghan Hassinger Welch, MBA, Senior Project Manager, IHI
Eight health systems are working with IHI to broaden their impact on health equity as part of the two-year Pursuing Equity initiative. These systems are working to elevate health equity to a strategic priority, confront institutional racism, and improve the livelihood and health of their patients, employees, and surrounding communities. What does this look like in eastern North Carolina? We're going to find out on the April 19 WIHI: Pursuing Health Equity in North Carolina.
Vidant Health, based in Greenville, North Carolina, is a 1,447-bed health system serving more than one million patients each year from 29 eastern North Carolina counties. This part of the state is largely rural, poor, and home to a racially diverse population. Vidant's health equity priorities are centered on improving the health and wellbeing of their patients and — as the largest employer in Greenville — some 12,000 employees, many of whom live in nearby cities and towns.
Vidant's Julie Oehlert joins WIHI to get into the specifics, starting with a conscious decision to improve health equity by first focusing on workforce issues. This includes opening up the pipeline in the community to jobs at Vidant and addressing starting wages and salaries. She'll also explain the ways in which Vidant's leadership has taken ownership of the journey to improve health equity and is confronting structural racism and biases within the organization.
The health system's efforts to improve equity also benefit from a strong partnership with NC CIVIL, a nonprofit grass roots community development organization in Greenville. Jermaine McNair, its Executive Director, will discuss their focus on strengthening economic, social, political, and legal processes in the community and how working with Vidant Health is helping on all these fronts.
Finally, IHI staff will describe the impact Vidant's work has had on other teams participating in the Pursuing Equity initiative.
This is a great opportunity to learn about leading work on health equity as the initiative heads into year 2. We look forward to your being part of the conversation on the April 19 WIHI!
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