Presented on May 22nd at 11:30 (CST)

Most health equity approaches involve education for individual patient care providers or professional development at the organizational level.  These avenues are needed to propel change. However, it is also important to empower the patient toward the elimination of health disparities. This session will discuss opportunities for organizations and healthcare workers to elevate the voice of the patient for their own safe and equitable care through meaningful community engagement, access to useful information, tools, and resources, and awareness of legislation (current and proposed) that increases the agency patients have toward the elimination of SDOH and inequitable healthcare.

During this webinar we discussed:

  • Approaches that engage, educate, and empower the patient to self-advocate in the healthcare setting
  • The role of the health care professional in the patient self-advocacy process
  • How to evaluate current practices for opportunities to help elevate the voice of the patient for equitable care
  • Ways organizations can execute community engagement opportunities that strengthen patient trust in the healthcare system

Presented by:

Maria Flowers, EdD, MHA

Dr. Maria Flowers has worked in the healthcare industry for over twenty years in various roles across the care continuum. Maria has an earned doctorate from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership. Her area of expertise is creating frameworks to help guide healthcare organizations to improve processes that promote safe and equitable care. She has presented to national and international audiences on the impact of racism on patient safety, social determinants of health, and disparate health outcomes. Maria is the founding and Principal Consultant of Maria D. Flowers & Associates, a healthcare consulting firm. Maria is also the Executive Director of Safer Healthcare for All, a non-profit patient advocacy organization promoting safe and equitable care delivery for underserved patient populations.

Note: A confirmation email will be sent to you the day before the webinar. We will include the webinar links and documents that will be included in the email.

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