Health Equity Series: Continuing the Conversation

Continuing the Conversation

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

Series Objectives:

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.


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Health Equity | May 17

Topic: Health Equity | Session 1


Alicia Belay, MPH, PhD; Community Engagement Director with the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services
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.

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Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health | May 31

Topic: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health | Session 2


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.

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Health Literacy | June 14

Topic: Health Literacy | Session 3


Kuol Malou | CEO and Co-Founder | The HUB SD
Allie Wanner I Community Health Worker with CHI – St. Alexius Health
Kendra Jasso-Chukwuyem I Community Health Worker with Avera Community Health Resource Center

Attend this session to learn more about health literacy and its impact on achieving health equity. We will also hear from community health workers addressing health literacy barriers in our communities.

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Cultural Humility | June 28

Topic: Cultural Humility | Session 4

Speaker Panel:

Dr. Julie Smith Yliniemi |  Director of Community Engagement, Indigenous Trauma and Resilience Research Center and Dakota Community Collaborative on Translational Activity (DaCCoTA)
Sandy Hanretty | Patient and Family Advocate
Dr. Jerome Bentz | Family Medicine Physician, Platte Medical Clinic
Joyce Giciro | Community Coach – Global Neighborhood and NDSU Extension, Sanford Bismarck – ED Nurse

The session featured a panel who helped define cultural humility and the importance of leveraging cultural humility within healthcare.

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Implicit Bias | July 12

Topic: Implicit Bias | Session 5


Barbara Peterson, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, APRN, FNAP
Clinical Professor l School of Nursing University of Minnesota
Specialty Coordinator, Psychiatric-Mental Health DNP
Director of Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity l  School of Nursing

During this session, our speaker helped attendees recognize that everyone has biases and understand how these biases can impact care delivery.

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CLAS In Action | July 26

Topic: CLAS in Action | Session 6


Brooke C. Sydow, EdD, Program Manager, Huron Regional Medical Center
Sara Senn, RN, Director of Nursing, Richardton Health Center

During this session, we discussed the CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services) Standards in Action. Our speakers shared the work being done at their organizations that aligns with the National CLAS Standards.

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