Achieving Health Equity Through Increased Understanding, Sustainable Solutions and Collective Action

Aug. 7, 2019 | 1 to 2 p.m. ET

This CHA webinar will highlight how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health is working to eliminate health disparities and improve the health of all minority populations. Dr. Cara James, director of the CMS Office of Minority Health and co-chair of the CMS Rural Health Council, will describe CMS' three-pronged approach to achieving health equity through increased understanding, sustainable solutions and collective action. A nationally recognized expert in health disparities, health equity and improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations, Dr. James will share with us various resources to help communities, patients and clinicians better identify, understand and address health disparities.


Aug. 7, 2019
1 - 2 p.m. ET (Please adjust accordingly for your time zone)

Registration Fee:

CHA members: FREE
Other registrants: $100


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Who Should Attend?

This webinar will be relevant for anyone involved in clinical work and administration as well as human resources, advocacy, mission, operations and others, specifically:

  • Chief human resources and talent management staff
  • Chief Medical Officers and Chief Nursing Officers
  • Community benefit leaders
  • Public health, social workers working in health care
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Mission Leaders
  • Ethicists
  • Advocacy staff
  • Sponsors
  • Trustees


Cara James Dr. Cara James
Dr. Cara James is the director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), and co-chair of the CMS Rural Health Council. She is a nationally recognized expert in health disparities, health equity and improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations. As the director of the CMS OMH, Dr. James leads CMS’s efforts to meet the unique needs of minority and underserved populations. Under her leadership, CMS developed the first CMS Equity Plan to Improve Quality in Medicare as well as its first Rural Health Strategy, created an ongoing initiative to help individuals understand their coverage and connect to care, and strengthened the quality and increased the collection and reporting of demographic data.

Dr. James has served as a member of the National Academies of Medicine (NAM) Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and several other NAM committees including the Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and other publications and was a co-author for one of the background chapters for Unequal Treatment. She earned her doctorate in health policy and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Harvard University.

Certificate of Attendance

Please note: CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.

Participant/Site Coordinator Role

As a participant, you will receive dial-in instructions and webinar materials one week prior to the webinar via email. These materials will come to you from "CHA Service Center," so please watch for that email address. Be sure to have these materials ready the day of the webinar so that you can easily access the event and utilize the materials. If you have registered and are convening a group of participants, please consider yourself the "site coordinator" and review the following suggested recommendations for serving in that role on behalf of the group.

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CHA Member Benefit

CHA's webinars are designed to offer timely, convenient, relevant, cost-effective education about key topics and issues.

Can't Participate in the Live Event?

If your schedule doesn't permit you to participate in the live event, please register (FREE for CHA members) so that you will automatically receive a link to the archived version of the webinar.


For more information contact the CHA Service Center or Kathy Curran, senior director, public policy.