So excited to be joining the Hanley Health Equity Advisory Council

So very excited to accept the invitation to join the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership Health Equity Advisory Council beginning next month.

After being blessed to participate with the amazing Hanley Center as part of HLD II (the second Hanley Health Leadership Development program in 2008) and focusing on “catalyzing collaboration, innovation & values driven leadership” at that time, this opportunity to serve and lead, to learn and share, and to advise and impact others is truly a benediction.

For many years addressing health disparities and improving health equity through my healthcare leadership roles has been both a passion and a mission for me.

And when Kathy Vezina inquired the following in her beautiful invitation to join the council …

  • Are you concerned that people with severe mental illness die, on average, 25 years earlier than others without mental illness?
  • Does it bother you that tribal members in Maine have a life expectancy of 20 years less than nontribal Maine residents?
  • Is the fact that life expectancy for women in Washington county is declining disturbing to you?
  • Have you noticed that many serious adverse patient/client incidents involve individuals from disadvantaged populations?

… I knew that this is where I needed to be as I acknowledged that yes I am concerned about each of these facts and many others and want to help make a difference in these lives of these people, their families and communities.

These are exciting and challenging times and we all have an opportunity to serve others and make a difference.

I very much look forward to serving on this council and both advising and collaborating to address health disparities and improve health equity.

As an FYI … some of the council’s focus will include:

1.        Health Equity and Cultural Competence trainings (with Shani Dowd from Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation and Dr. Mitzi Johnson, of Actual Synergy Consulting—some great people that worked with us on the Health Disparities Ambassadors program) two trainings each quarter through June 2016;

2.       Implicit Bias project including a statewide survey, development of a pilot evidence based curriculum, and pilot implementation  using a train the trainer model at 2-3 health organizations;

3.       Race Ethnicity & Language data collection project- looking at strategies to promote reliable and accurate data collection and heightened utilization of this data

4.       AND MORE!!

[Thank you, Kathy, for all of this wonderful information]


For more information about the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership please see the excerpt below from their website and also follow this link.

“The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership is nonprofit, independent, statewide organization dedicated to supporting the transformation of Maine’s health and healthcare sectors. We do this in two ways: by preparing leaders to work more collaboratively and more effectively toward the goal of better-coordinated care and greater efficiencies that will moderate the growth of costs. The Center also tackles complex problems that require collaborative approaches and the engagement of diverse stakeholders.

As a private, independent organization, the Hanley Center is a neutral, nonpartisan entity that is increasingly called upon to develop and facilitate planning processes.

Our vision and mission were crafted to carry on the leadership legacy of the late Dr. Dan Hanley. The Center honors the important difference his work made to so many healthcare professionals, patients, and organizations. The Center is dedicated to catalyzing a culture of greater collaboration and innovation in health care. We do this through a wide range of programs aimed at developing a strong foundation of values-driven leadership that reflect Dr. Hanley’s own values: Inclusion & Collaboration, Courage, Hard Work, Innovation, Kindness and Leadership.”

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