Tracks

We have a broad range of topical tracks available to attendees of the 16th Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference. Come hear from leading professionals in healthcare, law, marketing, technology, and many other industries. You can either choose a single track for the duration of the conference or you can attend sessions in different tracks based on your interests. Regardless of which sessions your attend, be prepared to learn, listen, and leave with a toolbox of skills to take back to your organization.

Each session will be tagged by a code to easily facilitate your selection process.

Change Management (CM)
Corporate Responsibility (CR)
Diversity & Inclusion (DI)
Diversity in Higher Education (DHE)
Community (C)
Emerging Leaders (EL)
HealthCare (H)

There are many facets of diversity and inclusion that affect patients, providers and the health care system. The pipeline to training a diverse medical workforce, patients getting equal treatment, persisting health inequities and healthcare disparities, and larger systemic and federal policies all play a role in healthcare in America.

In this health care track, we highlight promising strategies and/or programs to address diversity and inclusion, including creating a diverse medical workforce & training pipeline, reducing healthcare and health disparities, understanding state and federal health policies that may affect health and healthcare, the novel role of technology and social media in reducing health inequities, and other interesting societal and environmental factors that can play a role in improving patient health outcomes. We will discuss ongoing diversity and inclusion strategies, and how some of healthcare disparities can be mitigated.

Co-Chairs

Jean Raphael, MD, MPH
Jean
Raphael
Section Head for Academic Gen. Pediatrics, Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics, and Assoc. Vice Chair for Community Health, Dept of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Jean Raphael, MD, MPH
Jean
Raphael, MD, MPH
Section Head for Academic Gen. Pediatrics, Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics, and Assoc. Vice Chair for Community Health, Dept of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine

Jean L. Raphael, M.D., M.P.H. is Section Head for Academic General Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Associate Vice Chair for Community Health in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a nationally recognized health services researcher with a focus on improving systems of care for underserved and minority children with chronic conditions. He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Raphael's research is complemented by policy efforts toward improving the care of vulnerable populations. He is founding Director of the Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy at Texas Children’s Hospital. Nationally, Dr. Raphael serves as Chair of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Academic Pediatric Association. He is a past appointee of the Lieutenant Governor to the Texas Health Disparities Task Force. Dr. Raphael’s awards have included the Research Mentorship Award from the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Health Advocacy Award from Doctors for Change, and Meritorious Service Award from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Dr. Raphael received his B.A. from Williams College, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He also completed the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. Dr. Raphael is a practicing primary care pediatrician, serving underserved children throughout Houston.

Keila N Lopez, MD, MPH
Keila
Lopez
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Pediatric Cardiology
Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine
Keila N Lopez, MD, MPH
Keila
Lopez, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Pediatric Cardiology
Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine

Keila N Lopez, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Pediatric Cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lopez is a nationally recognized pediatric cardiologist, with expertise in non-invasive cardiac imaging, transition medicine, and health disparities research.

After completing her B.A and B.S. from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL, she completed her Pediatric residency at the University of Chicago and her Pediatric Cardiology training at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, where she additionally completed a year of training in advanced non-invasive imaging. Dr. Lopez also completed a Master of Public Health through the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in healthcare management and minority health policy. Her research portfolio reflects a longstanding commitment to addressing health disparities, as evidenced by several grants and publications in this area. She has lead teams to conduct multidisciplinary work using large databases and GIS mapping to better understand the connection between health, socioeconomic status, neighborhood level factors and access to quality healthcare. She has received a NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute funding for technology-based interventions to reduce health disparities, and was a recipient of a 2012 NIH Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Award at Columbia University, and the 2018 NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Health Disparities Research Institute award. She is a co-investigator for the Texas Children’s Hospital Policy and Advocacy Center and is a committee member for the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young for the American Heart Association. Overall, Dr. Lopez seeks to incorporate cardiology, public health, technology and minority health policy in order to develop research initiatives that directly inform health policy and improve the health care of underserved and minority populations.

Human Resources (HR)
Leadership (L)
Legal (LE)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
National Multicultural Summit (NMS)
Organizational Health (OH)
Professional Development (PD)
Social Justice (SJ)
Tech (TE)
Talent (T)
Women of Color (WC)