More Than 200 Professionals Attended The National Association Of Health Services Executives Baltimore Chapter’s Conference & Gala


NAHSE Baltimore 2016 Awards

(L-R) Darren Brownlee, Dr. Cara James, Maha Sampath, Dr. Sam Ross

BALTIMORE, MD – August 11, 2016 – The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) is a not-for-profit membership association of minority healthcare executives with a mission to elevate the quality of healthcare services available to minorities and underserved communities, and to promote the advancement and development of tomorrow’s minority healthcare leaders.

The NAHSE Baltimore Chapter continued the tradition of educating and empowering minority healthcare professionals at its Regional Mixer, Conference & Gala on August 4th and 5th at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center – University of Maryland, College Park.  “The Progressive Journey: The Path Towards Population Health” was the theme for this year’s inaugural conference, with an agenda focused on providing scholarships, networking opportunities and continuing education and learning for participants.

More than 200 diverse healthcare professionals attended the conference from over 30 healthcare organizations, insurers and schools from the East Coast, providing attendees with the information they need to be more effective in their careers, address population health opportunities and be innovators in their respective healthcare fields.

Dr. Thomas LaVeist

Dr. Thomas LaVeist

One conference highlight included a breakfast keynote from Dr. Cara James, Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who discussed access to care issues for ethnic minorities and underserved populations.  Another standout was the luncheon panel discussion led by Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Chair of the Health Policy and Management Department at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and a world-renowned expert on health disparities.

The panel focused on the impact of poverty, culture and environment on minority health. Tomás León, President & CEO, Institute for Diversity in Health Management, American Hospital Association spoke about the importance of taking the #123forEquity Pledge to eliminate health care disparities.

The purpose of the Institute is to expand healthcare leadership opportunities for ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse individuals, and increase the number of these individuals entering and advancing in the field.