Diversity, Health Equity and Cultural Responsibility, Where Are We Now?

Activity description

Currently, the disparity in premature death rates between racial and ethnic groups continues to increase and health-inequity related health care costs are rising; for these reasons, advancing health equity through strategies that aim to provide affordable high-quality care addressing all levels of need has become essential. On an organizational level, leveraging the collective power of innovative team culture through diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives can promote the advancement of health equity solutions through improving organizational performance, increasing marketplace impact and strengthening professional relationships. This activity will equip participants with knowledge regarding the current landscape of health inequities and will discuss UnitedHealth Group’s (UHG’s) DEI mission and ongoing initiatives to create sustainable change. A comprehensive overview of the key pillars, goals and strategic framework of UHG’s vision will be discussed, and resources and primary areas of focus will be highlighted.

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This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Health Behavioral Health.

Commercial support
No commercial support was received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, and other HCPs who have an interest in learning about diversity, health equity and cultural responsibility.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the current landscape of health inequities as related to health care costs, poor outcomes and mortality.
  • Describe UHG’s overarching mission to provide equitable high-quality care, including primary areas of focus, ongoing initiatives to advance health equity and strategies for engagement.
  • Articulate the impact of DEI and inclusivity initiatives on organizational performance and culture.
  • Discuss UHG’s DEI vision, key pillars, strategic framework, objectives and goals.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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Activity expires: 

Antonio Henry
UnitedHealth Group Global DEI Office

Barbara Koch
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Engagement
The Office of Healthy Equity
UnitedHealth Group

Maia Z. Laing 
VP of Health Equity

Kenneth G. Poole, Jr., MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Clinician & Provider Experience
Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group

Robin Reed, MD, MPH, FAPA
Behavioral Health Medical Director
Optum, UnitedHealth Group

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

Nichole Bauknight-Boles, MD, FAPA
Behavioral Health Medical Director
STEM National Team
UnitedHealth Group

LaRhonda Jones, MD
ECS-Senior Behavioral Medical Director – Central Region

Robin Reed, MD, MPH, FAPA
Behavioral Health Medical Director
Optum, UnitedHealth Group

Kathy Scott-Gurnell, MD, MS
Behavioral Medical Director 
Optum/UnitedHealth Group

Coleman H. Wheeler, MD
Optum Behavioral Health Medical Director 
Kansas Community & State, Central Region

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum Health Behavioral Health. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credit.

Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals. Check with your board to be sure.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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