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January 2023 – June 2024

Ronald Wyatt Headshot.jpgRonald Wyatt, MD MHA, is the Vice-President and Patient Safety Officer for MCIC Vermont, a major risk retention group based, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Prior to joining MCIC Vermont, Dr. Wyatt was formerly Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at Cook County Health in Chicago Illinois and former Chief of Patient Safety and quality for the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Wyatt was the first Patient Safety Officer at the Joint Commission. He served as Medical Director in the Patient Safety Analysis Center Defense Health Agency/Military Health System Defense Health Agency, Falls Church Virginia. He is former co-chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Equity Advisory Group and is faculty for the IHI Pursuing Equity Initiative. Dr. Wyatt is a facilitator for the ACGME Equity Matters Collaborative and serves as faculty for the IHI Pursuing Equity Initiative. Dr. Wyatt is a credentialed course instructor in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He is co-course director Capstone Program at the Northwestern University School of Medicine Master's Degree in Patient Safety Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Wyatt holds an honorary Doctor of Medical Sciences from the Morehouse School of Medicine and is a graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine. While a resident in training, at St. Louis University Group of Hospitals, he served as the first African American Chief Medical Resident, in 1987-1988. He is a board-certified Internist and practiced medicine for over twenty years, in St. Louis Missouri and Huntsville, Alabama. He earned the master's (executive program) in health administration degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Health Professions.

Kevin Little.jpgKevin Little, Ph.D., is a U.S.-based statistician and improvement advisor who applies system design and analysis methods to solve practical problems.  Over the past 25 years, he has worked to improve performance in health care and applied his analytic skills and experience to promote sustainable buildings and communities. Starting in 2001, Kevin has served as an Improvement Advisor with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the nation's premier organization dedicated to improvement of healthcare through the use of data. Kevin has worked with IHI's Pursuing Equity Initiatives since 2017. Since 2016, he has served as senior Improvement Advisor with the National Network for Oral Health Access, which supports oral health programming and improvement targeted to United States federally qualified health centers. From 2011-2015, Kevin designed measurement systems and provided data advice and analysis to Practice GreenHealth, including the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. He formed his company, Informing Ecological Design, LLC, in 1997. Informing Ecological Design has tackled projects that help the present industrial economy evolve to an economy that integrates with the rest of Nature's systems.  He developed a collaborative web application called Energy Stewards™ that promotes energy conservation within targeted communities.

Dennie BM.jpgDennie Butler-MacKay, LICSW, is a Senior Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Co-Director of Racial Justice and Equity Initiatives at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center (SJPHC). She has over 30 years of clinical experience that formally began with her training at the Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW). In addition to being grounded in a variety of treatment and healing approaches, Dennie is a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist.  She has learned how profound it is to first access the body in processing difficult experiences, making it easier for clients to then address the related emotional and cognitive aspects of their pain. Over the years, Dennie has cultivated an expertise in the treatment of trauma, with a growing focus on racial trauma.  Dennie co-created the Racial Reconciliation and Healing project at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, which has been a catalyst for developing a model of racial justice and liberation work.  In particular, this model has gained momentum in the Adaptive Leaders Project for physicians, which is also co-facilitated by Dennie.  The Adaptive Leaders Project invites physicians to engage in a learning community that offers interactive study and practice opportunities focused on racial justice and liberation in the exam room.  As racism has proven to be adaptive in its iterations over the centuries, Dennie is dedicated to the continuous study and practice of heart-centered racial justice and liberation work that endorses a radical framework for dismantling structural racism.  Dennie was a member of the cohort from SJPHC/Brigham and Women's Department of Medicine that served in the Institute of Health Improvement's Pursuing Equity National Initiative. Additionally, Dennie was awarded the '2019' Drylongso Award at the Community Change Antiracism Leadership Awards Celebration. Dennie was also awarded the '2018' Outstanding Career in Social Work' Award by the BUSSW Alumni Association. 

Abigail Ortiz.jpgAbigail Ortiz, MSW, MPH, is the Director of Community Health and Co-Director of Racial Justice and Equity Initiatives at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center.  She has over 20 years of experience working with youth and families in community based settings.  She is an experienced facilitator of racial justice process including affinity work. Abigail co-created the youth Racial Reconciliation and Healing project at SJPHC which has been a catalyst for developing a model of racial justice and liberation work.  This model has been replicated with adults in the Adaptive Leaders for Racial Justice and Liberation for the medical community. Abigail is a an alumni of the Massachusetts Institute for Health Leadership, is a mentor for the Health Equity Awakened Fellowship through Human Impact Partners and faculty and member health equity advisory team at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  Abigail was awarded the '2019' Drylongso Award at the Community Change Antiracism Leadership Awards Celebration. Abigail is committed to being part of the broader movement to design new systems that are rooted in authentic relationships with people and the planet.

Catherine Mather.jpgCatherine Mather, MA, a Senior Project Director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, works closely with internal IHI teams, external IHI faculty, and customers to design and ensure excellent delivery of projects focused on redesigning systems and establishing cross-sector partnerships to create improved and more equitable health and health care outcomes. Her current project portfolio includes work in population health, complex care, and maternal and neonatal health. Previously, as New Business Manager at IHI, Ms. Mather facilitated the design and development of new partnerships, programs, and products in the North America region. Before joining IHI, she served as a Communication Specialist on Health Dialog's Consumer Segmentation and Engagement Strategies Team, with responsibility for designing targeted member engagement strategies and award-winning communication materials. She also served as a pro bono Graduate Consultant to Children's Hospital Boston's Metabolism Program. Ms. Mather earned a master's in health communication from Emerson College in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dorian Burkes.jpgDorian Burks, MPH, is an Improvement Advisor and Equity & Culture Lead at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  In his role as an IA, he teaches, coaches and advises projects and programs focused on improving equitable health and care with various populations within the US, and integrating an equity approach into improvement tools and methods.  He also leads the development and implementation of initiatives to incorporate and operationalize an equity and racial justice strategy in each of IHI's departments. Since joining IHI in 2014, he has coached and managed project teams across the US and Europe, with focuses in maternal health with Black birthing people, post-secondary education access with underrepresented students, community and population health collaboratives, and system-wide improvement capability building efforts. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Anthropology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University.

CBurnett-HeadshotV1 copy (2).JPGCamille Burnett, PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, BScN, RN, DSW, FAAN, CGNC, Vice President, Health Equity, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), has extensive professional health care experience within the US and Canada in the areas of public health, health equity, research and administration, academia, and as an independent consultant. Her experience includes clinical practice and provincial public health administrator leadership positions in Canada, as well as academic administrator leadership positions in the US. Prior to joining IHI, she served as Associate Vice President, Education and Health Equity, at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she had appointments as a tenured Professor at VCU School of Nursing, Associate Executive Director of the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation, and is an affiliate with VCU Institute for Women's Health, School of Medicine. Previously Dr. Burnett was at the University of Kentucky, where she was Assistant Dean for Equity, Outreach and Social Justice, Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, the Cralle-Day Endowed Professor in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, and Co-Director for Integrated Special Populations in the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. Prior to this while at the University of Virginia, her roles included Academic Director for Community Engagement and Partnerships, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, and co-founder of the University of Virginia Equity Center. Dr. Burnett has served on numerous boards with appointments locally, nationally, and internationally. Her program of research amplifies structural inequities that influence disparate outcomes to identifies solutions that drive structural justice to redress inequity. She is a registered nurse, a certified Global Nurse Consultant, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a member of both the American Nursing Association and the American Public Health Association.

Kendall LaSane HS.jpgKendall LaSane is the Senior Director, Quality and Patient Safety at the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). He has over 15 years of public health experience in research, process improvement and health equity in healthcare and government settings. He leads a portfolio of projects at the intersection of quality, patient safety and equity including perinatal care, safety culture and the fundamentals of improvement science. Prior to working at GNYHA, he was responsible for quality assurance activities and research studies related to opioid overdose morbidity and mortality at the New York City Department of Health (NYC DOHMH). While at DOHMH, he also co-led internal transformation strategy to build capacity among staff to operationalize racial and gender equity, advance data equity and promote an equitable organizational culture. He is currently a Human Impact Partners’ Health Equity Awakened Fellow and a DrPH student in the Health Policy and Management department at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Kendall has an MPH from Columbia University and a BA in Anthropology from Wellesley College.