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Health Equity Week

Generating solutions through expert-level conversations.

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Save the Date - April 26-30, 2021

Join us for this unique virtual educational opportunity.

The events of 2020 have reaffirmed our commitment to providing high quality, equitable care within an inclusive learning environment that values and supports all members of a diverse workforce. Through a carefully curated series of moderated sessions on a variety of topics, thought leaders and scholars from within and outside Northwestern will share insights into the roots of healthcare disparities and will facilitate discussions that inform and inspire innovative solutions.


Date (Times in CST)


Monday, April 26, 12-1 p.m.

Kidney Health Equity

Monday, April 26, 5-6 p.m.

Health Equity of LGBQT+ Communities

Tuesday, April 27, 12-1 p.m.

Pipeline to Medical School: Challenges and Solutions Faced by UiM (Underrepresented in Medicine) Students

Tuesday, April 27, 5-6 p.m

“The Pipeline” and the Impact on Health Equity

Wednesday, April 28, 12-1p.m.

Policy Decisions and Health Equity

Thursday, April 29, 4-5 p.m.

Women’s Health: Black Women and Endometrial Cancer

Friday, April 30, 7-8 a.m.

Chicago Health


Amaka Eneanya, MD, MPH

Amaka Eneanya, MD, MPH

Eneanya is a nephrologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a clinical investigator with research interests that center on palliative care, informed decision-making and racial disparities among patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and end- stage kidney disease. She is also passionate about promoting diversity within academia as well as pursuing educational and outreach opportunities through traditional and social media.
Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH

Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH

Murray has spent her career serving the medically underserved. She has worked in a variety of settings, including practicing occupational medicine at a Workers Clinic in Canada, residency director for Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College and bureau chief for the Chicago Department of Health under Mayor Harold Washington. She worked as medical director of the federally funded health center serving Cabrini Green Public Housing Project in Chicago. She has been an active member of a wide range of local and national organizations, including serving as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for ATSDR, the Board of Scientific Counselors for NIOSH and the Board of Directors of Trinity Health (a large Catholic Health system).In 1997, she returned to the Cook County Health System where she served as chief medical officer-primary care and served as an attending physician in the Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine at Cook County Hospital. Murray has worked in leadership roles in many public health organizations, includingNACCHO’s Health Equity & Social Justice Team and the national executive board of APHA. In 2011, she served as APHA president. In December 2014, she retired from her position as the chief medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health of the Cook County Health & Hospital System, the PHAB-accredited and state-certified public health department for suburban Cook County.Today she continues to practice as a voluntary general internist at one of county’s health centers and is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. She serves on many local and national boards, including the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She remains passionate about increasing the number of Black and Latino health professionals and serves on the Urban Health Program Community Advisory Committee at the University of Illinois.
Brian Mustanski, PhD

Brian Mustanski, PhD

Mustanski is director of the Institute for Sexual & Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, co-director of the NIH Third Coast Center for AIDS Research and co-director of the NIDA Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology. His research focuses on the health and development of LGBTQ youth and the application of new media and technology to sexual health promotion and HIV prevention. He has been a principal investigator for more than $40 million in federal and foundation grants and has published over 215 journal articles in the areas of HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance use. In 2017, NBC News selected him from 1,600 nominees as one of 30 changemakers and innovators making a positive difference in the LGBTQ community. Mustanski is a frequent adviser to federal agencies and other organizations on LGBTQ health needs and research priorities, including being an appointed member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Dinee Simpson, MD

Dinee Simpson, MD

Simpson is assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and founding director of the Northwestern Medicine African-American Transplant Access Program, an initiative of the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center. She is currently the only female African-American organ transplant surgeon in Chicago. She completed medical school at New York University. She completed her general surgery residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital and her Transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.
B. Cameron Webb, MD

B. Cameron Webb, MD

Webb is a physician and lawyer who works at the intersection of health and social justice. He is assistant professor of Medicine and Public Health Science at the University of Virginia, where he works as a hospitalist in the Department of Medicine and serves as co-director of the Department of Public Health Science’s Health Policy Program. He was recently tapped to be Senior Policy Advisor for COVID-19 Equity for the Biden Administration. In 2016 and 2017, he served as a White House Fellow. In his time spanning the Obama and Trump administrations, his portfolio included education, workforce and criminal justice reform work through President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, as well as White House healthcare policy work in both administrations. Webb is a passionate champion for health equity and is committed to advocating for the health needs of underserved and marginalized communities. He has served on several non-profit board and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Doctors for America. He received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies as an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, a JD and health law certificate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and an MD from Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD

Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD

Mason is the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) vice president of Diversity & Inclusion. Mason is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and holds faculty positions in orthopaedics and graduate medical education at the University of Texas, Medical Branch and the University of Louisville. Mason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her Doctor of Medicine degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She completed her general surgery internship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her residency at Howard University Hospital in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery.Mason was the founder and executive director of Nth Dimensions and now serves as the organization’s senior adviser on its Board of Directors. The Nth Dimensions is an educational non-profit organization that develops and facilitates scholarship and internship programs focused on increasing diversity in medicine, decreasing gender and health disparities and promoting professional development of aspiring physicians in orthopaedic surgery and other specialties.She is also the co-founder/chief executive officer of Beyond the Exam Room, where she has developed a comprehensive, CME-accredited business of medicine, career development, leadership and financial curriculum for young physicians at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels.
Kemi Doll, MD

Kemi Doll, MD

Doll is a gynecologic oncologist in the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Doll earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University in New York City. She then travelled to Chicago to complete her residency in OB/GYN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and on to North Carolina to complete fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at UNC Hospitals. She is dedicated to improving the lives and outcomes for Black women with endometrial cancer and to reducing racial disparities. Her work involves quantitative and qualitative research, along with advocacy for Black women's reproductive health. She is the founder of ECANA, the Endometrial Cancer Action Network for African-Americans, an organization that creates support, community and empowerment for African-American women affected by endometrial cancer
David A. Ansell, MD, MPH

David A. Ansell, MD, MPH

Ansell is senior vice president for Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and previously served as its chief medical officer. He is an internal medicine physician, trained at Cook County Hospital in the late 1970s, where he spent 17 years holding a number of positions, including chief of General Medicine/Primary Care. After leaving County, he spent 10 years as chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, located in one of the highest hardship communities in Chicago.He has been particularly involved in health equity work, bringing attention to higher rates of breast cancer mortality for African-American women in Chicago. In 2007, he co-founded the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Taskforce, a not-for-profit that focuses on eliminating the racial disparities in breast cancer mortality.He is the author of The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills (2017, University of Chicago Press), County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital (2011, Chicago Review Press) and numerous papers and book chapters on health disparities. Ansell is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University and received his Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health
Hilda Hutcherson, MD

Hilda Hutcherson, MD

Hilda Hutcherson, MD, MS, is the Senior Associate Dean in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and received her MS degree from Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia. Dr. Hutcherson grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama and was the first in her family to attend college. Her experience as a first-generation college student from a low-income family motivates her to create opportunities for underrepresented youth. She has received more than $10,000,000 in grants for pipeline programs that provide academic enrichment and mentoring for more than 400 underrepresented and disadvantaged middle school, high school and college students each year. As Senior Associate Dean, Dr. Hutcherson is charged with the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and support of student affinity groups. She established the Kenneth A Forde Diversity Alliance which brings together underrepresented students, residents, fellows and faculty at Columbia VP&S for mentoring and fellowship. She has served on numerous task forces and advisory boards including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Associated Medical Schools of New York, Planned Parenthood of New York City and the New York State Department of Health. The Governor of New York State twice appointed her to the New York State Stem Cell Board, and she is currently a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director working group on Diversity. She received the VP&S Award for Excellence in Diversity, twice received the P&S Gender Equity Teaching Award, and was selected to the Academy of Community and Public Service at Columbia. Dr. Hutcherson is a nationally recognized expert in Women's Health who has devoted her career to patient education. She travels to high schools and colleges to speak about sexually health issues. Formerly the Sexual Health columnist for Glamour, Essence, and Redbook Magazines, she presently contributes to multiple women’s magazines and other media outlets. She is the author of three books, Having Your Baby: A Guide for African American Women, What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex, and Pleasure.
O. N. Ray Bignall II, MD

O. N. Ray Bignall II, MD

Bignall is assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Bignall received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Howard University, a Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College and a certificate in health policy at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry. He completed his general pediatrics residency, clinical fellowship in nephrology and a National Institutes of Health T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in the Center for Treatment Adherence and Self-Management, all at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Bignall’s academic interests include social determinants of health, population health and health disparities in pediatric kidney disease and transplantation. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health award and was appointed a John E. Lewy Fund Advocacy Scholar of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN). He currently serves as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the ASPN and the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the American Society of Nephrology. In addition, Bignall is involved in a variety of community and child health advocacy efforts, including the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families initiative and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

Accreditation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the social determinants of health, including disparities as they apply to various disease processes and understand their impact on adverse health outcomes 
  2. Understand the roots of mistrust, unconscious bias, and stereotyping and the ways that these attitudes affect clinical encounters 
  3. Acquire the skills needed to effectively communicate and negotiate across cultures, languages, and socioeconomic groups 
  4. Become familiar with existing health equity resources 
  5. Describe innovative solutions to health inequities and healthcare disparities 

Target Audience

Members of the Northwestern Community and Affiliates 

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