Conversations around health equity and social determinants of health have received heightened attention and are continuously evolving within the health policy community. The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with eye-opening events that garnered international attention, has been one of the health policy community’s greatest teachers, putting equity and health justice at top of mind and accelerating multi-sectoral efforts to advance effective solutions. The Health Equity Summit, a program of the Alliance for Health Policy’s 2021 Signature Series, reflected upon lessons learned and look at policies and practices that perpetuate existing inequities in our society. Exploring a multitude of factors both current and historical, this Summit addressed the tradeoffs between inaction and intervention, as well as tangible policy options to start advancing health equity now.


Wednesday, September 15, 2021
1:00 p.m. | Fireside Chat with Daniel Dawes | View recording »
1:30 p.m. | Towards Better Health for All | View recording »
2:30 p.m. | Measuring for an Equitable Future | View recording »

Thursday, September 16, 2021
1:00 p.m. | The Cost of Health Inequity: Dollars and Sense | View recording »
2:00 p.m. | Spotlight Conversations on Equity in Health Care | View recording »
4:00 p.m. | Fireside Chat with CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure | View recording »



  • Kara B. Ayers, Ph.D., Associate Director, UCEDD, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Assistant Professor, University of California Department of Pediatrics
  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, MPP, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, US Department of Health and Human Services; Former Deputy Director for Policy, CMS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
  • Sean Cahill, Ph.D., Director of Health Policy Research, Fenway Health
  • Tanisha Carino, Ph.D., Corporate Director, Silk Road Medical, Inc.
  • Irene Dankwa-Mullan, M.D., MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer, IBM Watson Health, IBM Corporation
  • Sarah J. Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy 
  • Daniel E. Dawes, J.D., Executive Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Adaeze Enekwechi, Ph.D., MPP, Operating Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
  • Darrell J. Gaskin, Ph.D., M.S., Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Annette V. James, MAAA, FSA, FCA, Chairperson, Health Equity Work Group, American Academy of Actuaries
  • Cara V. James, Ph.D., President and CEO, Grantmakers in Health
  • Rebecca Johnson, MBA, Principal and Senior Healthcare Consultant, Milliman
  • Yasmeen Long, M.A., Director, FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute
  • Jewel Mullen, M.D., MPH, MPA, Associate Dean for Health Equity, Associate Professor of Population Health and Internal Medicine, and Director of Health Equity Ascension Seton, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Usha Ranji, M.S., Associate Director, Women’s Health Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Hemi Tewarson, Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy
  • Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections and Chair, Board of Directors, Alliance for Health Policy
  • Ani Turner, M.A., Senior Economist, Altarum
  • M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., President, Wayne State University 

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