Thank you for your interest in the 2021 NCEAS Annual Conference. Below are some of the conference details you will find on this page. Be sure to check back often for conference updates!

The AAFP has reviewed 2021 NCEAS Annual Conference and deemed it acceptable for up to 7.00 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 02/22/2021 to 02/24/2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conference Schedule

Monday, February 22nd

1:00pm-5:00pm (CT)

Tuesday, February 23rd

8:00am-12:00pm (CT)

Wednesday, February 24th

1:00pm-5:00pm (CT)

2021 Registration Rates

Early Bird Rate (before January 9th)
Regular Registration Rate
Community Member/Staff/Trainee/Student
$35.00 $60.00
Health Care Professional
$100.00 $120.00
Conference Refund and Cancellation Policy

The NCEAS Annual Conference Cancellation and Refund Policy will be as follows to assure consistency.

  • Conference registration canceled on-line on or before February 12, 2021 will receive a 90% refund.
  • Registrants canceling after February 12, 2021 will not receive a refund.
  • In the event NCEAS must cancel the conference due to unforeseen circumstances, NCEAS will refund the cost of registration. However, NCEAS does not assume responsibility for any additional costs, charges, or expenses.

We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers for the 2021 NCEAS Conference


Kenya V. Beard, EdD, AGACNP-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, is the Associate Provost at Chamberlain University. As a 2012 Macy Faculty Scholar, she founded the Center for Multicultural Education and Health Disparities and propagated research and best practices to advance the needle on diversity, inclusion, and health equity. In her former role as Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University School of Nursing, she wrote blogs and co-produced health care disparity segments for the Center’s radio program, HealthCetera, on WBAI-FM for an audience of over 400,000 diverse listeners. Her webinars, blogs, workshops, research, and publications speak to the critical need for authentic race-related discourse.
Dr. Beard is an influential speaker who led the New York State Action Coalition in constructing the 2014 Workforce Diversity Toolkit for New York. Her expertise in multicultural education and implicit bias contributed to her being called on by the National League for Nursing to assist with the development of their 2016 Diversity Vision Statement. More recently, she co-created the Josiah Macy Foundation’s 2018 ground-breaking document Improving the Environment for Learning in the Health Professions. Numerous schools across the country have consulted with Dr. Beard on ways to strengthen the capacity of educators to create culturally responsive learning environments that speak to and address the ways in which implicit bias impacts student and patient outcomes. Many of her publications, like the recently co-authored paper Looking Backwards to Move Forward: Using a Social Mission Lens in Nursing Education, amplify the importance of graduating a diverse, well-prepared workforce that is prepared to eliminate health care disparities. Her workshops, which propel discourse on race and implicit bias, have been facilitated by the National League for Nursing and the Harvard Macy Institute’s Program for Educators in Health Professions.
Dr. Beard is currently a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education. She is Chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and serves on the New York State Board for Nursing and the editorial board for the American Journal of Nursing. Her work has earned her numerous awards and honors. Dr. Beard completed her AAS and BSN degrees at Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing and Excelsior College in New York respectively. She earned her MS degree at Stony Brook University and EdD degree in Educational Administration at Dowling College.

Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP

Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP, is the eighth president of Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Immediately prior to her appointment, she served for 15 years as the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine and Dean for Medical Education at The University of Chicago.

In 1989, Dr. Humphrey and a colleague delivered the country’s first White Coat Ceremony address at The University of Chicago. The Gold Foundation later adopted and formalized this ceremony and today supports similar events in medical and nursing schools across the country.  During her tenure as Dean for Medical Education, her signature programs focused on equity, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, and professionalism. She led efforts to increase diversity and belonging by developing pathway programs and co-founding the Bowman Society, which explores issues of health disparity and provides mentoring for those underrepresented in medicine. She was the founding dean of the school’s Identity and Inclusion Committee, which advances civil discourse in the medical school. She is also the founding dean of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators and of the MERITS Fellowship program for faculty pursuing research, innovation, teaching, and scholarship in medical education.

She is Chair of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine’s Board of Directors. She is Chair Emeritus of American Board of Internal Medicine and of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and a past President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM).

Dr. Humphrey earned her MD degree with honors from The University of Chicago. Following an internal medicine residency, pulmonary and critical care fellowship, and Chief Residency all at The University of Chicago, she served a 14-year tenure as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, which provided the foundation for her career in medical education. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Crain’s Chicago Business featured her as one of their “Women to Watch,” and the NorthShore University Health System created the Holly J. Humphrey Medical Education Fund with a one-million-dollar gift to The University of Chicago in recognition of her leadership in medical education. The Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine honored her with the Dema C. Daley Founders Award for national excellence as an educator, innovator, and leader. Graduating medical students at The University of Chicago honored Dr. Humphrey five times with the Gender Equity Award and more than 25 times with the Favorite Faculty Teaching Award.

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is the Associate Dean of Health Equity Research at Yale School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management; and Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) in the Office for Health Equity Research. ERIC’s research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases. Dr. Nunez-Smith currently serves as co-chair on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. Previously, she served as community committee chair for the ReOpen Connecticut Advisory Group on behalf of Connecticut Governor Lamont. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded grants. Dr. Nunez-Smith is also Director of the Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the Yale Cancer Center; Chief Health Equity Officer at Smilow Cancer Hospital; Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program; Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership; and Co-Director of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship. Dr. Nunez-Smith is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, where she also received a Masters in Health Sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; she earned a BA in Biological Anthropology and Psychology at Swarthmore College.

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