Bridging Identity & Inclusivity to Create Health Equity

A CHA Equity Webinar Series

We are called to build true health equity. In the face of COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccine distribution, and as a part of our ongoing work to end systemic racism, we must look internally and externally.

This four-event webinar series will look at Catholic identity, other faith traditions, unconscious bias and discrimination in caregiver interactions and share best practices happening now to create opportunities for participants to gain inspiration and information. Working together, we can improve Catholic health care, build right and just relationships with our communities and advocate for change to end health disparities and systemic racism.

As a part of CHA's strategic plan to address health disparities and end systemic racism, this webinar series is taking the place of CHA's biennial System Mission Leadership Forum. Building health equity is a work that will take each and every associate from volunteers at welcome desks to cooks in residences, and so this webinar is not only for mission leaders, but an opportunity for all those who want to more deeply understand how Catholic health care can be transformed to achieve health equity and help end systemic racism.

The special series is complimentary for CHA members. Nonmembers are welcome to register at $100 per event.

Broadening Our Understanding: Diversity & Inclusivity Across Faiths
Session One, CHA Webinar Series

Tuesday, Feb. 2 | 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET


Kerri Allen

Rev. Kerri N. Allen
Director of Mission and Spiritual Care
Advocate Aurora Healthcare
Greater Milwaukee Area
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Imam Yusuf Hasan -150

Imam Yusuf Hasan, BCC
Staff Chaplain
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Healthcare Chaplaincy Network
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Nadia Siritsky

Rabbi Nadia Siritsky, MSSW, BCC
Rabbi, Temple Bet Yam, St Augustine, Florida
George E.  Tinker

George E. "Tink" Tinker (Wazhazhe/Osage Nation), Ph.D.
Clifford Baldrige Emeritus Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions
Iliff School of Theology
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As an important step in creating trust with our associates and those whom we serve, as well as opening new lines of communication and understanding, this 90-minute webinar will provide insights into how other-than-Catholic faiths grapple with systemic racism – from their core beliefs to their lived history.

An Inclusive Catholic Tension: Principles and Strategies
Session Two, CHA Webinar Series

Tuesday, Feb. 9 | 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET


John O. Mudd

John O. "Jack" Mudd, JD, JSD
Consultant, Leadership Formation
Providence Health & Services - Washington
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 John Shea

John (Jack) Shea, S.T.D.
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This 90-minute webinar will explore how Catholic health care organizations with theologically grounded Missions, Visions and Values include ecumenical, inter-faith and secular leaders and associates. There is a need to articulate principles and strategies that honor Catholic identity while at the same time welcoming, respecting and celebrating a diverse workforce.

CHA's We Are Called Pledge: Addressing Bias and Systemic Racism in Our Ministries and Communities
Session Three, CHA Webinar Series

Tuesday, Feb. 16 | 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET


Rosylyn Carpenter

Rosalyn Carpenter, MBA
Chief Diversity Officer
CommonSpirit Health

Dennis Gonzales -150

Dennis Gonzales, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Mission Innovation and Integration
Catholic Health Association of the United States
St. Louis
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Riikka Salonen

Riikka Salonen, MA
System Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (CIDEA) | PeaceHealth
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Lisa A. Smith
Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy
Catholic Health Association of the United States
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Nathan Ziegler

Nathan Ziegler, Ph.D.
Vice President, Culture and Inclusion
Bon Secours Mercy Health
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This 90-minute webinar will highlight CHA's anti-racism pledge and discuss the complexities of addressing inequity, bias and racism among caregivers, patients or residents, family members and the communities being served. Unconscious bias, discrimination and systemic racism often play a role and present health care organizations with opportunities to learn how best to work with associates, patients, residents and families to realize health equity and racial justice.

Practices in Reducing Health Disparities
Session Four, CHA Webinar Series

Tuesday, Feb. 23 | 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET


Tiffany Capeles

Tiffany Capeles, FACHE
System Director, Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
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Mina Kini

Mina Kini , MSW, MS
System Director, Diversity and Inclusion
SSM Health
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Leroy LaPlante JR -150

Leroy V. JR LaPlante, Esq., JD
Director of Tribal Relations
Avera Health
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Ralph McCloud

Ralph McCloud
Director, Catholic Campaign for Human Development
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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This 90-minute webinar will highlight replicable programs from across Catholic health care developed to reduce health disparities and address social determinants of health in Latino, Native American, Black and other communities, sharing practice and metrics for each.

Can't Participate in the Live Event?

Don't worry if you cannot attend the live event. CHA will record the webinar and share the recording with all who are registered — so please register today for this webinar.


For more information, contact CHA Service Center.