The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is hosting a two-day virtual forum: The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism in Health Care, to highlight CMS’s renewed focus on health equity, address structural racism in health care, and establish federal agencies’ roles as equity partners.
Guest speakers from various federal and partner agencies will share their insight and experience during the forum, focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on health disparities and initiatives to promote equity.
Below are agenda items for the Day 1 of the forum. We will continue to update this page with additional details as they become available. Attendees can choose which sessions to join but must register to secure a spot. Space is limited; CMS OMH encourages early registration to ensure you can attend.
Session 1: Keynote Session (1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET)
• The opening session will welcome guests and provide remarks from CMS and Departmental leadership to look at the current state of health disparities and Agency efforts to address equity and include a look at the broader picture of racism in health care.
Session 2: Collection, Reporting, and Analysis of Standardized Data (2:15 – 3:15 p.m. ET)
• Will focus on increasing understanding and awareness of the value of collecting and analyzing standardized patient data.
Session 3: Integrating Equity Solutions Across Health Programs and Health Systems (3:15 – 4:30 p.m. ET)
• Will focus on increasing understanding of the impact CMS programs and policies have on health and health care disparities in minority and underserved communities. The session will also look at innovative ways health care systems and organizations can reduce disparities among those they serve.