Health Equity Series: Continuing the Conversation

Continuing the Conversation

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This series is intended to continue the conversation; creating a space to dive into some of the interdependent components that impact the ability to achieve health equity. We have invited leaders and subject matter experts across the Dakotas to share their expertise, personal experiences, best practices, and application strategies.



1. Understand health equity and how it applies to healthcare facilities (of all sizes and locations)
2. Describe the various components of health equity and their impact on achieving equitable care
3. Identify opportunities of growth for organizations and individuals
4. Access resources to help with ensuring equitable care

Great Plains QIN hosted an information-packed session in April – Let’s Advance Health Equity Together. Leaders shared current efforts at the federal, state and organization levels to achieve health equity. Access the April 11 recording.

Wednesdays | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT

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Health Equity | May 17

Topic: Health Equity
Speakers: Alicia Belay, MPH, PhD; Community Engagement Director with the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services and Natasha Smith; Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Sanford Health

Belay helped us better understand why we need to work together, across sectors, to impact health. Smith shared Sanford Health’s Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) tool and discussed how understanding the data can help address disparities in care.

Access the Presentation | Access the Recording




Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health | May 31

Topic: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health | Session II

Speakers: Shannon Bacon, MSW; Senior Health Equity & Partnerships Manager | Community Healthcare Association of the Dakotas
Shauna Batcheller, MSS, CPH; Program Director | Helpline Center

Learn more about health disparities and social determinants of health that impact North Dakota and South Dakota. Our featured speakers also shared tools to help address social needs.

Access the Presentation | Access the Recording

Health Literacy | June 14
Cultural Humility | June 28
Implicit Bias | July 12
CLAS In Action | July 26
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