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Bending the Arc: How Philanthropy Can Build a Diverse, Equitable Health Ecosystem

2023 Future of Health Summit

Bending the Arc: How Philanthropy Can Build a Diverse, Equitable Health Ecosystem

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM EST
Salamander Washington DC - Gallery C

We are at a pivotal time when efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion are more important than ever to improve human health. A historical lack of equity in health care, coupled with recent actions such as the repeal of affirmative action, will increase broad systemic issues in biomedical research and clinical care. Evidence shows that the incorporation of diverse perspectives across the science and health ecosystem leads to innovative discoveries, improved treatments, and better health outcomes for all. Philanthropy can play a unique role in reimagining and rebuilding the scientific-health infrastructure with equity at the core. Several nonprofit organizations including private foundations, academic institutions and government entities have taken bold steps in recent years to do the hard work of reimagining and rebuilding these systems, through a variety of strategies, mechanisms, and partnerships to move the needle on building a diverse and equitable health ecosystem.  

Joseph Williams
Managing Director, Freedom Forum
Michellene Davis
President and CEO, National Medical Fellowships
Sam Gill
President and CEO, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Cara James
President and CEO, Grantmakers in Health
Alfred M. Mays
Chief Diversity Officer and Strategist, Senior Program Officer for Diversity and Education, Burroughs Wellcome Fund