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Join the April 3 Health Equity Talks Series, hosted by the Community Health Association of the Dakotas. Great Plains Quality Improvement Advisors, Alissa Wood and Lisa Thorp, will share strategies and resources to support understanding and implementation of the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards (CLAS).

Equity Talk Series CHAD ImageThe CLAS Standards are a set of 15 action steps intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities. Join this session to learn more about the CLAS Standards framework developed by the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CT

CHAD’s Equity Talk series provides a platform for interactive learning about local health inequities, life experiences, and strategies for advancing health equity in our communities. All are welcome to attend.

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Alissa WoodAlissa Wood, RN, BSN is a Quality Improvement Advisor for Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN). GPQIN is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for North Dakota and South Dakota. Alissa graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her experience spans from working on the ground floor in healthcare, inpatient and outpatient, to quality improvement, patient experience and with healthcare technology. Improving overall health, patient care, outcomes and experiences are what Alissa is most passionate about and continue to be the consistent themes throughout her career. Alissa and her husband have 4 young children who are all in the midst of a busy soccer season.

Lisa ThorpLisa Thorp, BSN, CDCES, holds a Bachelor of Arts of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has been an RN for over 25 years. Most of her nursing career was spent working in a Critical Access Hospital, working in various hospital inpatient settings of med-surg, ICU and ED.  Additional experience was gained working in a rural health clinic for several years and is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She joined Quality Health Associates of ND and works with Great Plains QIN leading the community coalition work and providing quality improvement assistance to clinics and hospitals in support of a variety of projects. Lisa is married and lives on a ranch in north central ND. They have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.  She likes flowers and is a wanna-be gardener and furniture painter.

The Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD) supports health centers in their mission to provide access to high-quality, reliable, affordable health care, regardless of where they live. Learn more.

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